Savalan wines from Azerbaijan on tasting



2015 Chardonnay

Straw lemon, clean nose with med+ intensity, stone & tropical fruit. Dry, medium bodied,  unoaked and hence very fruit forward Chardonnay with stone fruit (ripe peach), hint of olives & almonds, med+ finish length. Can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, incl. poultry, seafood as well as on its own.


2012 Riesling  Pale gold, fine complexity on the nose with white flowers, honey melon & pear. On the palate dry, fresh, mineral and fruity (citrus), med flavor intensity and a slightly bitter finish. Easy to pair with a range of foods, but I would probably try this one with sushi.

2014 Verdejo  Pale yellow green, citrus (lemon, lemon peel) and green apple on the nose.  Light bodied and refreshing on the palate, citrus (bitter lemon), green apple & minerality. Rather short  on the finish. Good as an aperitif on a hot summer day or as a base for mixed drinks like spritz.

2015 Viognier Pale lemon green, med intensity on the nose, floral with a hint of stone fruit. Med-full body and a bit of tannin (reminiscent of velvety peach skins on the palate). Hint of tropical fruit (pineapple), citrus and floral notes, medium length finish. Should pair well with richer dishes like risotto or oily fish, or with spicy foods.

2013 Traminer (TOP WHITE) Pale lemon, med intensity, fresh cut grass, lime, white peach, perfume, rose petal on the nose. Medium-dry with refreshing acidity and medium body. Rose water, Turkish delight and ripe peach on the palate. My favorite white of the tasting and I would absolutely love this with spicy food.


2013 Syrah Medium ruby, quite intense on the nose with red fruit aromas. Medium bodied with soft tannins. Red fruit, cranberries, cherries, pencils shavings, hint of spice on the palate. Would work fine with red meats but also with rich poultry dishes, e.g. duck cacciatore, roasted turkey.

2011 Cabernet Ripassato (TOP RED) Beautiful garnet. Pronounced intensity on the nose with red and black fruit, hint of smoke and black pepper. Big and full bodied with med tannins, stewed red and black fruit on the palate along with dried fruit and sweet spice (cloves, hint of cinnamon). Would love this for Christmas time with rich foods like stews, roasts and rich flavoured cheeses, especially blue cheese. Undoubtedly my favorite red and DWWA Bronze medal winner.

2010 Limited Release This is a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Syrah and is the most critically acclaimed wine of the Savalan range. Deep ruby, med+ intensity on the nose with black fruit, vanilla, toast and pencil shavings notes, sweet spice, cooked/stewed fruit. Lower tannins with good finish length. Relatively easy to pair with meat and game dishes.

Unfortunately I was unable to get my fingers on the full range of Savalan wines, but if you are curious what other varieties are being produced by the ASPI winery I recommend you visit their website.

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