Savage Red, 2015

  Savage Wines

Savage Red

Savage Red 2015, one of the two original Duncan Savage wines, is, some will say, sadly, the last release in this style. 2016 was released ahead of the 2015 as it was more approachable whereas 2015 is a more serious complex vintage that needed more time. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Touriga Nacional, it is designated as Wine of Origin (WO) Western Cape, to reflect the wine’s original foundations as a multi-regional blend. In 2015 the vineyards are all of Coastal Origin but from 2017 the Savage Red will become a 100% Stellenbosch Syrah from classic, decomposed Granite soils, and the other components will be separated out. More on that in the years to come, but first, the 2015 is a very fine way to bow out and lovers of fine South African wine will be sorry to see this wine come to an end. Fermented with 50% whole bunches the nose offers up very pure, graphite tinged silky red and black fruit, with white spices, a hint of camphor and fresh blueberries. Savoury, dry earth and cumin seeds bring this delicious, medium bodied wine to a close.

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: Syrah | Grenache | Cinsault | Touriga Nacional

An unusual blend of well-known red wine grapes.