Remember the uproar when it was found out that the vines brought into Australia and thought to be Albarino were actually Savagnin? This was because it is regarded as a somewhat inferior variety.
I suggest you try the 2011 Tscharke Girl Talk to judge for yourself. Young Damien Tscharke uses catchy names for his wines, but 'Savagnin' is mentioned on the label.
The wine is full flavoured, but very clean. Flavours are predominantly pear, almond and citrus. The wine has acidity, but there is also some sweetness.
I think this wine is a perfect match with Thai food and I recommend it. It is not dissimilar to Gruener Veltiner which also goes well with Thai.