Savage Red 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'The Savage Red started life as a blend, but is now a single site Syrah from granite soils in Kuils River. Fermented with 20% whole bunches, it shows the freshness and perfume that are typical of the winery's style. Very lightly wooded, with fynbos and clove aromas, lots of grip and black olive and blackberry flavours. 2023-32.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 95/100

'In 2017 the Savage Proprietary Red became a pure 100% Syrah wine and from 2018, the fruit was exclusively sourced in Stellenbosch from vineyards grown on decomposed granite soils in the Polkadraai Hills from organically farmed grapes. Always released a year behind the rest of the Savage range, this 2019 is a dense, dark, potent red from a powerful, concentrated, minerally focused vintage. On the nose the aromatics are marked by intense notes of earthy red and black berry fruits, inky saline notes of black cherries, pink musk, savoury cured meat nuances, black olives and a sappy cedary wood spice complexity. With 70% of whole clusters used in the fermentation, the palate shows pronounced chalky mineral tannins but also vibrantly fresh crunchy acids from the granitic soils. Raspberries and blueberries surge to the fore on this dense, powerfully structured wine, gaining in richness and intensity as the wine slowly unfurls in the glass. Like some of the greatest expression of Syrah in Cote Rotie, this wine shows a focused prowess and concentration together with an opulent richness framed by an underlying stony minerality. A wine with undeniable focus and structure but also a surfeit of seductive charm. Drink from 2022 to 2035+.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95+/100

'From Stellenbosch Syrah. 70% whole-bunch fermentation. Red and black berries, white pepper and fynbos on the nose while the palate is medium bodied with good fruit expression, fresh acidity and powdery tannins. Seamlessly made, it’s already quite approachable but equally has the structure to reward some bottle maturation.' – Christian Eedes,, 95/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Duncan Savage
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Syrah
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Rating GS 95+
Technical analysis RS: 2.4 g/L | TA: 5.2 g/L | PH: 3.8
Producer information Duncan Savage, a trailblazing winemaker, produces some of SA's most sought-after wines. They are something of a contradiction; 'savage' in their essence of minimal intervention winemaking, but utterly sophisticated in their elegance, drinkability and poise. Every year his following grows, with some of these wines reaching a cult-like status. He sources grapes from across the Western Cape winelands and his cellars are based in Salt River.
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