The own-label stuff from Cape Point Vineyard’s winemaker Duncan Savage has all the makings of being cult wine – limited releases for which a dedicated group will pay relatively large sums of money. Now in year three, he has added two labels to the collection in the form of a Cinsaut-driven blend and a single-variety Shiraz. Tasting notes and scores below:
Savage White 2014
Wine Cellar price: R180
73% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Semillon. Very forthcoming on the nose with notes of lemon, tangerine, white peach and black currant. The palate is rich and thick textured but unequivocally savoury. Sinuous is the word that comes to mind.
Savage Red 2013
Wine Cellar price: R220
67% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 12% Cinsaut, 9% Touriga Nacional. Enticing nose of red berries and fynbos. Lovely fruit purity and freshness on the palate – nothing green or astringent. Poised and understated, this wine shows the precision which Savage so often brings to bear.
Savage Follow the Line 2014
Wine Cellar price: R185
58% Cinsaut, 21% Grenache, 21% Syrah. Upfront red cherry but also some smoky, savoury nuances. Good fruit concentration, bright acidity and unobtrusive tannins. Admirably lacking in artifice.
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Savage Syrah 2014
From a 2007 vineyard planted for aesthetic purposes on Stonehaven residential development in Noordhoek. A compelling nose of red and black fruit with a definite salty overlay plus purple flowers and fresh herbs. Light bodied yet intensely flavoured – really intricate and possessing crystalline structure. An immensely impressive maiden vintage and quite astounding given the origin of the fruit.