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Savage, Red 2015

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76% Syrah, 9% Cinsault, 9% Touriga Nacional and 6% Grenache

Winemakers notes:
Grapes are meticulously sourced from a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape farmed by passionate South Africans. The small hand selected parcels of fruit receive much love and attention through the growing season with each vineyard’s unique terroir contributing in its own special way to the blend.

Tasting notes:
'The 2015 Savage Red is actually being released after the 2016 and marks the last release in this style, according to Duncan Savage, as the 2017 will be 100% Syrah and will move toward Stellenbosch, from 2018 tapping the vineyard purchased by Johan Reyneke adjacent to his own estate (also shared with Mark Kent of Boekenhoutskloof.) It has an extravagant bouquet, quite showy and generous, with more red fruit than black, offering wild strawberry and cranberry and hints of dried prune and incense. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, quite tight and surprisingly savory at the moment, delivering nice grip on the finish and a ferrous aftertaste. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'This wine has perhaps been more of an enigma than any of Duncan Savage’s wines produced to date. The last Savage Red to be released as a blend, the 2017 and 2018 will revert to being pure Syrah from initially Stellenbosch and the Swartland, and then solely Stellenbosch, as new vineyard contracts come onstream. A blend of 76 % Syrah, 9% Touriga Nacional, 9% Cinsault and 6% Grenache, this 13.5 Abv. Red has certainly built up a very strong, more traditional, slightly less eclectic consumer following than the other red blends like Follow the Line. Fermented in open top fermenters using 50% whole bunches, the wine was aged for an extended 30 months in old oak and foudre prior to bottling.

This dark horse has always been backward and restrained, broody and slightly sulky, but bearing in mind it comes from one of the best red vintages in the Cape in a generation, it can be forgiven for being initially shy and ungiving. With some coaxing, the nose slowly starts to reveal its secrets, showing notes of salty red liquorice spice, aniseed root, cassis leaf, grenadine, blood oranges and vermouth botanicals.

The palate is taut and very precise, linear and crisply textured with vivacious notes of tangerine, naartjie peel, ruby grapefruit, sour red cranberry and earthy red plums, all dusted with a liberal dose of crushed black peppercorns and mineral graphite spice. Tantalisingly complex, it is almost impossible to unravel the intricacies of this classy red and identify traits of individual varieties. With the extra aging, the tannins are starting to become a little more supple and pliable, yet continue to lend great textural gravitas, power and focus to this blend. I’d say it has been worth the wait… but just don’t wait too long to put in your order for this impressive red blend as it signals the end of one era and the dawning of a new and exciting chapter in the history of the Savage winery. Drink on release and age this beauty for 10+ years comfortably.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

'Released after the 2016 on account of the extra fruit power the vintage provided. 76% Stellenbosch Syrah, 9% Darling Cinsault, 9% Malgas Touriga Nacional and 6% Piekenierskloof Grenache. Very aromatic with notes of red and black berries, flowers and fynbos, earth, blood and spice. Great fruit definition, driving acidity and firm but fine tannins, the finish long and salty. The whole very much more than the sum of the parts – lots and lots of detail.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

76% Syrah, 9% Cinsault, 9% Touriga Nacional and 6% Grenache

Winemakers notes:
Grapes are meticulously sourced from a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape farmed by passionate South Africans. The small hand selected parcels of fruit receive much love and attention through the growing season with each vineyard’s unique terroir contributing in its own special way to the blend.

Tasting notes:
'The 2015 Savage Red is actually being released after the 2016 and marks the last release in this style, according to Duncan Savage, as the 2017 will be 100% Syrah and will move toward Stellenbosch, from 2018 tapping the vineyard purchased by Johan Reyneke adjacent to his own estate (also shared with Mark Kent of Boekenhoutskloof.) It has an extravagant bouquet, quite showy and generous, with more red fruit than black, offering wild strawberry and cranberry and hints of dried prune and incense. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, quite tight and surprisingly savory at the moment, delivering nice grip on the finish and a ferrous aftertaste. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'This wine has perhaps been more of an enigma than any of Duncan Savage’s wines produced to date. The last Savage Red to be released as a blend, the 2017 and 2018 will revert to being pure Syrah from initially Stellenbosch and the Swartland, and then solely Stellenbosch, as new vineyard contracts come onstream. A blend of 76 % Syrah, 9% Touriga Nacional, 9% Cinsault and 6% Grenache, this 13.5 Abv. Red has certainly built up a very strong, more traditional, slightly less eclectic consumer following than the other red blends like Follow the Line. Fermented in open top fermenters using 50% whole bunches, the wine was aged for an extended 30 months in old oak and foudre prior to bottling.

This dark horse has always been backward and restrained, broody and slightly sulky, but bearing in mind it comes from one of the best red vintages in the Cape in a generation, it can be forgiven for being initially shy and ungiving. With some coaxing, the nose slowly starts to reveal its secrets, showing notes of salty red liquorice spice, aniseed root, cassis leaf, grenadine, blood oranges and vermouth botanicals.

The palate is taut and very precise, linear and crisply textured with vivacious notes of tangerine, naartjie peel, ruby grapefruit, sour red cranberry and earthy red plums, all dusted with a liberal dose of crushed black peppercorns and mineral graphite spice. Tantalisingly complex, it is almost impossible to unravel the intricacies of this classy red and identify traits of individual varieties. With the extra aging, the tannins are starting to become a little more supple and pliable, yet continue to lend great textural gravitas, power and focus to this blend. I’d say it has been worth the wait… but just don’t wait too long to put in your order for this impressive red blend as it signals the end of one era and the dawning of a new and exciting chapter in the history of the Savage winery. Drink on release and age this beauty for 10+ years comfortably.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

'Released after the 2016 on account of the extra fruit power the vintage provided. 76% Stellenbosch Syrah, 9% Darling Cinsault, 9% Malgas Touriga Nacional and 6% Piekenierskloof Grenache. Very aromatic with notes of red and black berries, flowers and fynbos, earth, blood and spice. Great fruit definition, driving acidity and firm but fine tannins, the finish long and salty. The whole very much more than the sum of the parts – lots and lots of detail.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

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GS 95

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

Red

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