+27 21 448 4105
Back to previous page
Follow the Line

Savage, Follow the Line 2017

R265

6 in stock

Notes

93 % Cinsault and 7% Syrah

Winemakers notes:
Dry farmed bush vines grown exclusively on one property in Darling. Dedicated to the loving memory of our good mate Boetie Van Reenen who tragically lost his life far too young. The Cinsault was planted the year Boetie was born, he spent many years working the vines and soil. Long may his spirit live on in the wines from this wonderful farm.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Follow The Own is a blend of 93% Cinsault and the rest Syrah from in Darling. It underwent malolactic fermentation in old 500-liter French oak, and then spent nine months in foudres ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 liters. It has a very seductive bouquet of plush red currant and cranberry fruit with touches of vanilla and almond. The palate is well balanced with fine, quite edgy tannin. This is linear and conservative in some ways, but it has a very penetrating finish that leaves a tingle of white pepper on the finish. Give this a year in bottle, then drink to your heart’s content.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

Indeed one could argue that this wine has such a unique cult following that you could hold a launch party every year just for this individual wine! A blend of 93% Cinsault and 7% Syrah, this 13 Abv. wine will be labelled as Cinsault this year on. From the same beautiful 36 year old South-east facing Cinsault vineyard in Darling, the fruit was early picked and fermented using 50% whole bunch clusters. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in 500 litre French oak barrels with a further 9 months of ageing in large 1500 and 2000 litre foudre. Possessing a youthful red plum translucent colour, this wine has all the perfume lift and exuberance you would expect from old vine Cinsault.

The nose is aromatically charged, brimming with fresh violets, cherry blossom, rose water, lychee skins, sun dried cranberries, potpourri and an exotic touch of Turkish delight. Wonderful purity and clarity are always hallmarks of this wine as are the radiant fresh acids and bright, crunchy, sappy red berry fruits. Once again, this wine is the epitome of elegance, walking quite lightly, shimmering all the way to the finish with illuminated brilliance. This really is an exceptional, mouth-watering delight. Drink from release but do cellar a few bottles for 5 to 8+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95+/100

'W.O. Darling – 93% Cinsault and 7% Syrah. An enticing nose of cranberry, raspberry, fynbos and a hint of earth while the palate shows striking fruit purity, a lovely line of acidity and fine tannins, the finish again long and salty. A wonderfully vivid and deftly realized wine.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

93 % Cinsault and 7% Syrah

Winemakers notes:
Dry farmed bush vines grown exclusively on one property in Darling. Dedicated to the loving memory of our good mate Boetie Van Reenen who tragically lost his life far too young. The Cinsault was planted the year Boetie was born, he spent many years working the vines and soil. Long may his spirit live on in the wines from this wonderful farm.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Follow The Own is a blend of 93% Cinsault and the rest Syrah from in Darling. It underwent malolactic fermentation in old 500-liter French oak, and then spent nine months in foudres ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 liters. It has a very seductive bouquet of plush red currant and cranberry fruit with touches of vanilla and almond. The palate is well balanced with fine, quite edgy tannin. This is linear and conservative in some ways, but it has a very penetrating finish that leaves a tingle of white pepper on the finish. Give this a year in bottle, then drink to your heart’s content.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

Indeed one could argue that this wine has such a unique cult following that you could hold a launch party every year just for this individual wine! A blend of 93% Cinsault and 7% Syrah, this 13 Abv. wine will be labelled as Cinsault this year on. From the same beautiful 36 year old South-east facing Cinsault vineyard in Darling, the fruit was early picked and fermented using 50% whole bunch clusters. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in 500 litre French oak barrels with a further 9 months of ageing in large 1500 and 2000 litre foudre. Possessing a youthful red plum translucent colour, this wine has all the perfume lift and exuberance you would expect from old vine Cinsault.

The nose is aromatically charged, brimming with fresh violets, cherry blossom, rose water, lychee skins, sun dried cranberries, potpourri and an exotic touch of Turkish delight. Wonderful purity and clarity are always hallmarks of this wine as are the radiant fresh acids and bright, crunchy, sappy red berry fruits. Once again, this wine is the epitome of elegance, walking quite lightly, shimmering all the way to the finish with illuminated brilliance. This really is an exceptional, mouth-watering delight. Drink from release but do cellar a few bottles for 5 to 8+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95+/100

'W.O. Darling – 93% Cinsault and 7% Syrah. An enticing nose of cranberry, raspberry, fynbos and a hint of earth while the palate shows striking fruit purity, a lovely line of acidity and fine tannins, the finish again long and salty. A wonderfully vivid and deftly realized wine.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

+ Read More
- Read Less

GS 95+

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

Red

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
We update our blog daily with the latest news, videos, tasting reports, recipes and more. It's also a great place to learn about fine wine.
Wine Cellar imports fine wine from Europe, offers antipodean wines, fine local wines as well as brokers your fine wine. We also focus on selling wines en-primeur (as futures) from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône.
We offer tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town; from comparative tastings for private and corporate groups to tastings of our latest imports for the public. We also offer luxury dinners paired with rare wines.
Professional cellaring of single bottles for private clients through to pallet loads for trade clients. Wines are stored at 14 degrees in our secure underground cellars in Observatory, Cape Town.
Become a Wine Cellar newsletter subscriber and be the first to hear about our latest deals and discoveries. Newsletters are sent weekly/fortnightly.

Advanced Region Filter

All prices include VAT.