Savage Red 2011

By , 18 April 2013



Cape Point Vineyards winemaker Duncan Savage has launched his own label, to be known simply as Savage Wines. “Savage by name but not savage by nature,” he says. My tasting notes and scores as follows:

Savage White 2012
Price: R180
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon. Fermented and matured in 100% French oak (500-litre and 600-litre barrels) for 10 months, 25% new. Pronounced gunpowder note on the nose. Green apple and  grapefruit, driving acidity, super-dry finish. A sophisticated proposition, currently rather lean and austere and frankly quite hard work. However, it’s got a smart analysis (13.7% abv, RS 2g/l, TA 6.6g/l and pH 3.15) and probably should only be broached from 2015 onwards.

Score: 91/100.



Savage Red 2011
Price: R180
72% Shiraz, 21% Grenache, 7% Cinsaut. Matured for 12 months in large-format oak, none new. Very primary on the nose but completely enticing – red berries, fynbos and spice. Remarkable flavour intensity given an abv of 12.8%. Medium bodied with great fruit purity, lemon-like acidity and fine tannins. The finish, meanwhile, has an almost salty quality to it. Entirely gluggable.

Score: 93/100.


4 comment(s)

  • Kwispedoor18 April 2013

    Christian, do you know where Duncan got his grapes for these wines from?

    • Christian18 April 2013

      Apart from saying that grapes are sourced from “a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape”, he’s reluctant to go into more detail – lots of tiny parcels and these set to change from year to year. The 2012 white, for instance, is predominantly from Elandskloof near Villiersdorp but also includes parcels from Clanwilliam and Elim while he’s not forthcoming regarding the red.

  • Christian18 April 2013

    Hi Maggie, Contact information for Savage Wines:, 021 785 4019.

  • Maggie18 April 2013

    Hi Christian, where can we purchase these wines?

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