Duncan Savage, previously the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, introduced his own label in 2011 with a goal to produce rock-solid, classic and elegant wines. Through his time at Cape Point, Duncan grew to understand maritime vineyards, which led him to source grapes for Savage wines from maritime and high altitude sites around the Western Cape. These small, hand-selected parcels receive a lot of love and attention throughout the growing season. Each vineyard’s unique terroir contributes in its own special way to the blends. Savage wines are inspired by the great older reds from South Africa and abroad that have stood the test of time, and are made with gentle extraction, minimal intervention, and moderate alcohol
The 2019 blend retains a punchy slug of 61% Grenache, a slightly elevated 26% Syrah and a fine supporting 13% Cinsault from the Piekenierskloof. Components were again picked on the same day and co-fermented, unlike 2017, with the grapes spending 2 weeks on their skins using 20% whole-bunches. After 11 months of ageing in 3,200-litre conical foudre, the wine was bottled unfiltered off its fine lees. In bottle, the aromatics display a wonderfully crisp, pure delineated red cherry-scented top note with plenty of granitic minerality and graphite in support. Subtle notes of sweet sappy red currant and red plum confit allow the nose to retain an element of broodiness but there is no holding back the palate, however, which bristles with delicious vibrancy, wild strawberry, a bright pinpoint acidity and again an opulent, glycerol weightless intensity and concentration. Drink from release over the next 5 to 8 years.