Savage new releases

By , 10 August 2020

Duncan Savage of Savage Wines.

Duncan Savage, sourcing grapes from across the Winelands and working out of his inner-city Salt River cellar, continues to make wonderfully characterful and refined wines. Tasting notes and ratings for the upcoming new releases as follows:

Savage White 2019
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Semillon and 13% Chenin Blanc. Aromatics of blackcurrant, naartjie and a very slight waxy quality. The palate is rich and round (alcohol is 14.1%), smooth textured with seemingly quite soft acidity. Luxurious styled.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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Savage Red 2018
100% Syrah from a Stellenbosch vineyard on granite. 50% whole-bunch fermentation. An alluring nose with notes of rose, lily, red and black fruit, olive and white pepper. The palate is compact – great fruit expression, soft but sufficient acidity and powdery tannins, the finish gently savoury. A refined and understated rendition of the variety.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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Savage Follow the Line 2019
From Darling Cinsault. Some reduction before cherries and plums with hints of rose, herbs and earth in the background. The palate is light-bodied with juicy fruit and soft tannins (alcohol is 12.8%). Has a nice vinosity about it.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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Savage Thief in the Night 2019
66% Grenache, 24% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Red and blackberries, some grapefruit, herbs and spice on the nose. Good fruit density, bright acidity and fine, lightly grippy tannins Both vivid and detailed, this is a very elegant blend – all the appeal of New Wave Grenache but with a little extra dimension due to the other two components.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

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Savage The Girl Next Door 2019
From 0.38ha Syrah vineyard on the Stonehaven housing estate on the outskirts of Fish Hoek, this is once again outstanding. Aromatics are wonderfully distinct without being too heady – a touch of flinty reduction before red and blackberries, liquorice, lavender, pepper and earth while the palate shows great purity and freshness to go with tannins that are grippy but severe, the finish long and salty. Great focus and detail – light but not lean or angular, this is super-stylish stuff.

CE’s rating: 98/100.

Savage Are We There Yet?
50% Syrah, 50% Touriga Nacional from Sijnn in Malgas. An exotic and rather potent nose of black fruit, potpourri, lavender and spice while the palate is extraordinarily full and deep with bright acidity and hugely grippy tannins. Idiosyncratic but very flavourful.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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