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Savage, White 2017

R265

17 in stock

Notes

49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon and 18% Chenin Blanc

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 2017 Savage White, which underwent a 6- to 8-month ferment (the longest ever) is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Sémillon and was matured in used barrels for 10 months. It has a very fragrant bouquet of peony, lemon curd and a touch of apricot blossom, very nuanced but compelling. The palate is taut and linear on the entry and quite saline on the mouth, with a slightly Muscat-like finish. Utterly delicious and quite cerebral too.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2017 Savage white is a masterful blend of 49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon and carrying on the theme started in 2015, includes 18% of Chenin Blanc with a 14% Abv. Handled oxidatively in the cellar, the wine was barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in oak. With more malolactic fermentation seen in 2017 due to very slow ferments, the wine marries weight and intensity with purity, minerality and textural elegance. The nose is already very expressive with complex aromatics of freshly baked apple crumble drizzled in honey, orange blossom, tangerine peel, yellow orchard fruits and a delicious passion fruit twist. But like many 2017 whites, there is a real clarity and focus to the wine along with a defined core of dusty granitic minerality.

The entry on the palate reveals the tart, vibrantly fresh characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc and the Semillon, that awaken the palate with zesty yellow grapefruit, lanolin, honied white peaches and Granny Smith apple puree notes. Classic higher altitude vineyard nuances ensure this wine retains incredible intensity together with a fleshy, creamy lemon pie concentration underpinned by a cool, dusty, stony minerality. Powerful without being brutish, linear and focused without being lean. This is another wonderful flagship white blend from the Savage winery that continues the great run of form for this cuvee'. – Greg Sherwood, Wine Safari, 94/100

'49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillion and 18% Chenin Blanc – sourced variously from Malgas, Villiersdorp, Piekenierskloof and Skurfberg. A floral top note before blackcurrant and naartjie. Super-rich on the palate – concentrated fruit, nicely coated acidity and a little tannic grip making for a pithy finish. This has plenty of heft but also lovely balance. Alcohol is 14% and Savage says more MLF than usual at somewhere between 50 to 60%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon and 18% Chenin Blanc

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 2017 Savage White, which underwent a 6- to 8-month ferment (the longest ever) is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Sémillon and was matured in used barrels for 10 months. It has a very fragrant bouquet of peony, lemon curd and a touch of apricot blossom, very nuanced but compelling. The palate is taut and linear on the entry and quite saline on the mouth, with a slightly Muscat-like finish. Utterly delicious and quite cerebral too.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2017 Savage white is a masterful blend of 49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon and carrying on the theme started in 2015, includes 18% of Chenin Blanc with a 14% Abv. Handled oxidatively in the cellar, the wine was barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in oak. With more malolactic fermentation seen in 2017 due to very slow ferments, the wine marries weight and intensity with purity, minerality and textural elegance. The nose is already very expressive with complex aromatics of freshly baked apple crumble drizzled in honey, orange blossom, tangerine peel, yellow orchard fruits and a delicious passion fruit twist. But like many 2017 whites, there is a real clarity and focus to the wine along with a defined core of dusty granitic minerality.

The entry on the palate reveals the tart, vibrantly fresh characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc and the Semillon, that awaken the palate with zesty yellow grapefruit, lanolin, honied white peaches and Granny Smith apple puree notes. Classic higher altitude vineyard nuances ensure this wine retains incredible intensity together with a fleshy, creamy lemon pie concentration underpinned by a cool, dusty, stony minerality. Powerful without being brutish, linear and focused without being lean. This is another wonderful flagship white blend from the Savage winery that continues the great run of form for this cuvee'. – Greg Sherwood, Wine Safari, 94/100

'49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillion and 18% Chenin Blanc – sourced variously from Malgas, Villiersdorp, Piekenierskloof and Skurfberg. A floral top note before blackcurrant and naartjie. Super-rich on the palate – concentrated fruit, nicely coated acidity and a little tannic grip making for a pithy finish. This has plenty of heft but also lovely balance. Alcohol is 14% and Savage says more MLF than usual at somewhere between 50 to 60%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

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GS 94

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

White

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