Never underestimate the inimitable Mr Savage. As SA specialist and Master of Wine Greg Sherwood commented, Cote Rotie-esque. Now exclusively sourced from a couple of organic sites on the Polkadraai hills in Stellenbosch. It's a wine that balances serious dark fruit that's slow to unfurl, with black olive too and a deep baritone note, with prettier top notes that emerge playfully now - blueberries and raspberry coulis and a coquettish perfume and crushed pink peppercorns. Fine tannins and bright acids promise a long future.
It's been a decade since Duncan Savage released his first wines under his own label. Back then, he was producing Platter 5 Star wine after 5 star wine for the esteemed Cape Point Vineyards, and cementing himself as the Cape's foremost authority on the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon variety. Fast forward 10 years, and the secret is certainly out about Duncan's talent. Throughout his time at Cape Point, Duncan grew to understand coastal sites, and has continued to seek out maritime and high elevation sites across the Western Cape which he explores through his range of highly sought-after wines. A keen surfer and CWG member, demand always exceeds supply of his exceptional wines.
FROM THE PRESS
“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+. 95+”Greg Sherwood MW