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Thief in the Night

Savage, Thief in the Night 2017

R275

4 in stock

Notes

48% Grenache, 46% Cinsault and 6% Syrah

Winemakers notes:
Dry farmed bush vines perched on top of the majestic Piekenierskloof.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Thief In The Night (another great name for a wine) is a blend of Grenache from the Soldaart vineyard, shared with Eben Sadie, blended with Cinsault and Syrah. It was aged for nine months in 2,400- and 1,600-liter foudres, along with two 500-liter French oak barrels. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet of morello cherry, crushed strawberry, rosewater and minerals. The palate is well defined with a slight stalkiness from the 70% whole-bunch fruit. There is a tingle of Szechuan pepper on the tip of the tongue and great length to the finish. A storming debut.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

'Probably one of my favorite names used in the Savage wine range! Another new addition to the Savage range, this red is a blend of 48% Grenache, 46% Cinsault and 6% Syrah all sourced from vineyards in very close proximity to each other on the same property in the Piekenierskloof. At this youthful stage of evolution, the wine is more marked by the 42 year old vine Grenache fruit than the slightly younger Cinsault. Using 70% whole cluster, fermentation was carried out in a closed tank with aerated pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred in old 500 litre French oak barrels before the wine was aged for 9 months in large French oak foudre before being bottled. The wine shows a real individuality and personality with bright fragrant violet perfume, sappy spicy peppery raspberry and redcurrant confit complexity, hints of sun raisined cranberries, cured bresaola, boiled raspberry sweets and wild strawberries.

The palate weight is soft and sensual, combining the best of both Grenache and Cinsault to form an impressively harmonious, silky soft sappy red blend. The wine seems to grow exponentially in the glass, unfurling and unravelling to reveal layers of strawberry jam, raspberry compote and Turkish delight all framed with bright crystalline acids that really amplify the wines purity, minerality and sense of place. Such a pretty wine with the sleekest and most polished tannins and a mellow fruit intensity Despite its eminent drinkability in youth, this is no frivolous ‘vin de soif’ and could just maybe, over time, acquire a similar cult following to that of Duncan’s excellent Cinsault-dominated Follow The Line red from Darling. A very confident debut! Drink from 2018 to 2028+.' – Greg Sherwood MW, Wine Safari, 93/100

'New. 48% old-vine Piekenierskloof Grenache, 46% Cinsault and 6% Syrah. Red cherry, rose water and a hint of earth. The palate is markedly fruit-driven (despite 70% whole-bunch fermentation) – sweet in the best sense with bright acidity and fine tannins. An absolute pleasure to drink.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100

Analysis:
Alc: 13.0% RS: 2.1 g/L TA: 5.2 g/L pH: 3.56

48% Grenache, 46% Cinsault and 6% Syrah

Winemakers notes:
Dry farmed bush vines perched on top of the majestic Piekenierskloof.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Thief In The Night (another great name for a wine) is a blend of Grenache from the Soldaart vineyard, shared with Eben Sadie, blended with Cinsault and Syrah. It was aged for nine months in 2,400- and 1,600-liter foudres, along with two 500-liter French oak barrels. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet of morello cherry, crushed strawberry, rosewater and minerals. The palate is well defined with a slight stalkiness from the 70% whole-bunch fruit. There is a tingle of Szechuan pepper on the tip of the tongue and great length to the finish. A storming debut.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

'Probably one of my favorite names used in the Savage wine range! Another new addition to the Savage range, this red is a blend of 48% Grenache, 46% Cinsault and 6% Syrah all sourced from vineyards in very close proximity to each other on the same property in the Piekenierskloof. At this youthful stage of evolution, the wine is more marked by the 42 year old vine Grenache fruit than the slightly younger Cinsault. Using 70% whole cluster, fermentation was carried out in a closed tank with aerated pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred in old 500 litre French oak barrels before the wine was aged for 9 months in large French oak foudre before being bottled. The wine shows a real individuality and personality with bright fragrant violet perfume, sappy spicy peppery raspberry and redcurrant confit complexity, hints of sun raisined cranberries, cured bresaola, boiled raspberry sweets and wild strawberries.

The palate weight is soft and sensual, combining the best of both Grenache and Cinsault to form an impressively harmonious, silky soft sappy red blend. The wine seems to grow exponentially in the glass, unfurling and unravelling to reveal layers of strawberry jam, raspberry compote and Turkish delight all framed with bright crystalline acids that really amplify the wines purity, minerality and sense of place. Such a pretty wine with the sleekest and most polished tannins and a mellow fruit intensity Despite its eminent drinkability in youth, this is no frivolous ‘vin de soif’ and could just maybe, over time, acquire a similar cult following to that of Duncan’s excellent Cinsault-dominated Follow The Line red from Darling. A very confident debut! Drink from 2018 to 2028+.' – Greg Sherwood MW, Wine Safari, 93/100

'New. 48% old-vine Piekenierskloof Grenache, 46% Cinsault and 6% Syrah. Red cherry, rose water and a hint of earth. The palate is markedly fruit-driven (despite 70% whole-bunch fermentation) – sweet in the best sense with bright acidity and fine tannins. An absolute pleasure to drink.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100

Analysis:
Alc: 13.0% RS: 2.1 g/L TA: 5.2 g/L pH: 3.56

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NM 94

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

Red

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