Follow the Line, Cinsault, 2017

  Savage Wines

Follow the Line, Cinsault

Cinsault sourced from Darling, originally part of the Swartland but now its own administrative zone. Technically the blend is 93% Cinsault and 7% Syrah with the Syrah adding a bit of savouriness to the silken red fruit of the Cinsault. Darling Cinsault tends to bring an element of rose water to the profile compared to the spicier Paardeberg Cinsault. The nose is ripe and seductive, with fine red fruit lots of strawberries and soft macerated cherries, star anise and cinnamon. Real purity, elegance and finesse – seductive but carried gently and all about perfume with firm fine boned tannins. An excellent example of the kind of modern Cinsaults that are putting this historic, occasionally rustic grape variety back on the map. The name comes from the farmer’s instructions to Duncan, while lost and trying to find the vineyard… “just look up and follow the ****** line!!” Aged for nine months in two large foudres.

Contains Sulphites.

About Savage Wines

Duncan Savage is a man about (Cape) town with contacts all over the Western Cape. After fifteen years making the wine at the well-regarded Cape Point Vineyards, Duncan established and moved in to his own urban cellar in time to produce vintage 2017. His first wines; Savage Red and Savage White are still the mainstay of his production, but his own cellar has enabled him to fine tune the details and really make the wines in the way that he wants. In an effort to focus more on regionality and drill down in to the purity and elegance of individual site, he has expanded with a range of creatively labelled single vineyard wines which are rapidly gaining praise as some of the best in South Africa. Quantities are still tiny but Duncan’s style is one of purity and finesse, opting for larger neutral barrels and top-quality foudres. He has ambitious plans for the future as he seeks to move the whites in to concrete eggs for fermentation and separate out the different components in the reds to maximise control and precision, in a natural way, without too much interference. Duncan believes that wine is about controlling the finest details and constant tweaking to ensure perfection from the start. “My background as a white winemaker made me believe that red wines would just come together with time whatever happened. We’ve realised that isn’t the case. With our own winery now we can be absolutely perfect from start to finish, with the strictest selections and skin contact. We pick on the earlier side to keep alcohols moderate and favour aerated pump overs rather than punch downs to ensure we only draw out the finest tannin.” 2017 is without doubt Duncan’s best vintage yet and now that the winery aspect is in hand, his dream is to secure fruit contracts long-term and focus more on isolating and expressing them as choice parcels of exceptional old-vine material.

Appellation: Western Cape

The Western Cape encompasses all of the major wine regions of South Africa. Within this classification is the Cape Winelands, itself made up of the most prominent regions, namely Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington.

Grape Blend: Cinsault | Syrah

A combination of grapes that is very much indicative of the Rhône Valley. Used to greatest effect in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cinsault is growing increasingly popular in South Africa where it is known as Hermitage and was crossed with Pinot Noir to produce Pinotage, as well as being an ingredient in Lebanon's Château Musar. Syrah (or Shiraz as it's known in certain regions) is the great red grape of the northern Rhône where it reaches its optimum levels in the violet-scented muscular wines of Hermitage (the appellation - which is of course not to be confused with the grape in S.A.!) and the graceful sappy Côte Rôties, which in the latter case is sometimes blended with Viognier.