Duncan Savage wines

Duncan Savage wines
Duncan Savage is a man about town, with contacts all over the Western Cape and a reputation for producing some of the purest and most stylish wines in South Africa. After fifteen years making the wine at Cape Point Vineyards, Duncan has finally moved in to his own urban cellar and is loving the freedom this provides. His breakthrough 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 desires. In an effort to focus more on regionality and the 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 clarity, restraint and finesse, favouring the gentlest of extractions and next to no discernible wood influence in the finished wines.

Duncan is a believer in keeping on top of the finer details to ensure pristine fruit, and perfection from the start. “In the past, my background as a white winemaker led me to believe that red wines would just come together with time. We’ve realised that isn’t the case. With our own winery we can control everything from start to finish, employ the strictest selections, allow longer skin contact with the juice and bottle when the wines are at their best. 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 his goal now is to secure fruit contracts long-term and focus more on isolating and expressing them as choice parcels of exceptional old-vines, separating the best ones out from the blends. We are delighted to be able to offer three wines from the Savage range; the classic Savage Red 2015 – a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Touriga Nacional, sourced from cooler coastal regions; Follow the Line 2017 – a beautifully pared back Cinsault from the increasingly renowned Darling region; and finally, the debut vintage of Thief in the Night 2017 - old-vine Grenache from the high altitude Soldaat vineyard in Piekenierskloof, which Duncan shares with Eben Sadie.

“I was a bit blown away by this range from Duncan. He is achieving his dream of zoning in on choice parcels of old vine from areas such as Piekenierskloof and Malgas. So you end up with a gallimaufry of grape varieties in some blends, yet nurtured beautifully by Duncan to create some thrilling, quite cerebral but delicious wines.” – Neal Martin, Vinous South Africa Report, August 2018