BK Wines Skin-n-Bones White 2016
- Rated 4.5 stars
- Lenswood, Adelaide Hills
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: November 27, 2017
- Last modified: November 27, 2017
Highly perfumed, shining golden-yellow hued, with bruised apricot, orange blossom, pear skin leading the streaming, delicate and savoury form. The fading musk twinkles with lemon-lime sherbet before a bright, salted, white grapefruit twist on the lingering finish. It’s all wabi-sabi, on the edge riding floral/fresh and decay, all still intriguingly leading you to glass after glass (especially at 11.8%). Savagnin was brought to Oz from Spain and planted as Albarino. When folks discovered the cuttings they’d brought over were not actually Albarino, but Jura’s legendary Savagnin (mistakenly planted in Spain as Albarino), most vintners ripped them up. Brendon Keys, a fan of Savagnin and Jura, is one of the few who chose to continue with Savagnin, and is one of the few to work with the grape in Australia today. This is an “orange wine,” destemmed and fermented like a red with 1 month on skins in a fermenter before being pressed off to barrel for 9 months. In the mix is a new barrel from a forest in Jura, completing the circumference of this grape’s journey from Jura to Spain to Oz back to Jura.