SAVAGE RED 2014 BLEND: 66 % Syrah, 15 % Grenache, 11 % Touriga Nacional, 8% Cinsault
WINEMAKER: Duncan Savage
WINE DISTRICT: Western Cape
WINEGROWING: Grapes are meticulously sourced from a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape farmed by passionate South Africans. The small hand selected parcels of fruit receive much love and attention through the growing season with each vineyard’s unique terroir contributing in its own special way to the blend. In the cellar, minimal intervention and old large format French Oak is combined to ensure that the essence of South African terroir is captured in the wines.
TASTING NOTES: by Greg Sherwood MW
In 2014, the Savage proprietary red once again remains a Syrah dominated blend with supporting roles played by Grenache, Touriga Nacional and Cinsaut with a 13 Abv. The nose is seductively dark, deep and broody with black bramble berries, mulberries, tar, grilled herbs and savoury, barbecued meats. But like all great wines, there are multiple complexing nuances on the nose ... violets, purple jasmine, rose petals, and one feels no rush to sniff and then move on to tasting. There is a ponderous beauty to the wine. Like the previous three vintages, the Savage red shows incredible precision, elegance and poise. The seamless palate overflows with savoury black berry fruits, black plum, cured meats, and tart red cherries on the finish. The 2014 definitely stands out for its incredible finesse, elegance and femininity. Already at this youthful stage, there is such integration and balance making it a true pleasure to drink. I love the fine lacy tannins and fresh acids that combine to underpin the palate. This wine is very much a tale of less is more and possibly one of Duncan Savage's best efforts yet.
Drink from 2016 to 2028+ (95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
ANALYSIS: Alcohol - 13% Vol RS - 2.3 g/l pH - 3.62 TA - 5.6 g/l TSO² - 80 mg/l