Moonmilk – a white creamy substance found in caves. It is a form of flowstone, and is gooey and pasty when wet, with a texture like cream cheese. It is crumbly and powdery when dry. It has historically been used as a medicine.
Savagnin must be the most confused grape variety there is. With a rich history, and considered one of the founding varieties, it has suffered from nomenclature confusion with Sauvignon Blanc, name changes to traminer (a non-aromatic version of Gewurztraminer), and its presence in Australia through the misunderstanding that it was Albarinho. It does still have a spiritual home in the Jura, in the east of France, next to Switzerland, where it does make some very distinctive wines. This wine brings the family of confusion together, to give a wine of great flavour, texture, minerality, and freshness.
Appearance: white-gold, with pale green highlights. Aroma: aromas of custard apple, fejoa, lime zest and spices, are supported by musk, lychee and creamy notes. Palate: This panoply of flavours and aromas is continued on the palate, with great texture and length, and a beautifully fresh minerally finish. It is flavoursome, and still refreshing. An intriguing wine that asks you to give it some more thought. Food ideas: seared scallops, with a green salad, or just with good friends on a warm afternoon. Drink: Now and over the next 3 years.
Blend: 78% Savagnin, 13% Gewurztraminer, 9% Sauvignon Blanc.
95 points | Tony Keys; the Key Report.