Savina Lane produces three alternative varieties of white wines, all aromatics, all of which are considered excellent food wines.
- WILD YEAST VIOGNIER
A dry but fruity aromatic white wine brought to Australia from the Rhône Valley of France, where it is known by its appellation d’origine as Condrieu. Wonderful with creamy chicken, rich seafood such as crab and scallops and apricot stuffed pork. The Wild Yeast is the natural bloom found on the grapes and left to its own devices, ferments the wine. A small quantity of Savina Lane 2015 Wild Yeast Viognier is currently available. The 2016 Wild Yeast Viognier is expected to be released at the end of 2017. A portion of the 2017 harvest is fermenting in French Oak which will be blended with the remainder of this wine to give just a hint of Oak.
Another fruity but dry aromatic white that originated in Campania in Italy. Believed by many to have once been enjoyed by the Romans as ‘apianum’ it is considered a classic variety due to its more than 2000-year history. A perfect match for most spicy dishes, cheeses and fruit platters. We have released the 2015 Fiano Classico and have reasonable stocks. The 2016 is planned for release late 2017 or early 2018.
- PETIT MANSENG
A versatile aromatic white variety from the Basque country in the south of France. A legendary wine in its region, but virtually unknown outside it, Petit Manseng is said to have been used to baptise King Henri IV of France, instead of holy water. We harvested a tiny quantity of our Petit Manseng for the first time in 2016 and have made a Late Harvest wine, which is currently ageing. This vintage we decided to make a dry white from half the fruit and left the remainder on the vines for several months longer to make a Late Harvest similar, we hope, to a Jurançon Moelleux. It will be several years before this wine is released.