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Savage White 2020

"Savage White returns to its roots as a traditional blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The Chenin component is now focussed entirely on ‘Never Been Asked To Dance’. Sourced from trellised and bush vines, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. Sauvignon Blanc takes the lead, the aromatics show a pronounced spicy, herby, savoury tinged array of waxy green apples, white citrus, clementine, honeyed chamomile and root fennel with subtle hints of dried fynbos and lanolin. The palate is masterfully rich and broad, coating all corners of the palate with intense, crystalline notes of spicy yellow grapefruit, freshly squeezed tangerines and white peach cordial. The acids are intense but wonderfully tangy adding to a real sense of textural harmony and mineral complexity. A very complete wine that races out the blocks and will undoubtedly give plenty of drinking pleasure immediately on release." - Greg Sherwood MW

Savage “Follow the Line” 2020

"Now in its eighth vintage, ‘Follow The Line’ continues to be one of South Africa’s most respected old vine Cinsaults. As always, the fruit comes from 40-year-old dry-farmed bush vines in Darling grown on decomposed granite soils. The 2020 is spontaneously fermented with 50% of the fruit as whole clusters. Every vintage that passes boasts an incredibly perfumed floral bouquet of violets, pressed rose petals, and hints of cherry blossom that melt into pronounced notes of earthy lavender, coriander, and Turkish delight. The palate is incredibly cool and suave with bright tingling cherry acids. A silky weightless concentration, crystalline wild strawberry, and red cherry fruits, and the most delicate lacey tannins on the finish. This is a very polished, ethereal, classy effort with so many of the Cinsault characteristics drawing an undeniable resemblance to young, premium Côtes de Beaune Pinot Noir. Approachable on release, but cellar-worthy for at least 10+years, don’t miss this new release." - Greg Sherwood MW

Savage Thief in the Night 2020

"Savage Thief in the Night 2020, a blend of 63% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, and 11% Syrah from dry-farmed bush vines grown on sandstone soils. The fruit was spontaneously co-fermented using wild yeasts employing 20% whole clusters. The wine shows a delightful autumnal aromatic profile of forest undergrowth, savoury fraise de bois, tilled earth, grilled Provençal herbs and subtle shades of summer garrigue. On the palate, the wine shows plenty of textural detail, fine silky caressing tannins, and harmonious fresh acids. The red and blackberry fruits are earthy but impressively pure and precise, finishing with notes of bramble berries, pomegranates, and sappy spice. ‘Thief In The Night’ is more Burgundy than Rhône in style." - Greg Sherwood MW

Savage “Are We There Yet” 2020

"Savage “Are We There Yet” 2020, 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Syrah grown as bush vines on a unique river pebble on shale terroir in Malgas. While the 2019 saw 100% of the grapes destemmed, 2020 has a 10% whole bunch portion added. The aromatics are seductively dark and alluring with exotic notes of salty blackcurrant, blueberry, black cherry, and black liquorice. Wonderfullyopulent and expressive, 2020 reveals a deliciously fleshy, creamy palate with a truly seamless texture, sweet plump velvety tannins and long saline, maritime tinged crème de cassis finish. The 2019 was more influenced by the Syrah in the blend, lending a certain savoury Côte Rotiefeel to the wine. The 2020 however is decidedly more Douro’esque in stature with deliciously opulent Touriga Nacional black- and blueberry fruit characteristics dominating."- Greg Sherwood MW

Savage “Never Been Asked To Dance” 2020

Savage Never Been Asked To Dance 2020, "The 2020 vintage releases see a very welcomed return of this old vine Chenin Blanc sourced from 67-year-old dry-farmed bush vines grown on decomposed granite soils. Whole bunch pressed and spontaneously fermented in neutral Stockinger 600 litre barrels, this third release screams its granitic terroir with complex aromatics dominated by notes of crushed gravel, wet grey slate and struck flint. An understated petrichor character that combines with subtle notes of peach stone, toasted almonds and lemongrass herbal nuances. Like most old vine Chenin Blanc grown on granitic soils, this terroir lends quite a severe, austere and minerally taut styling to the palate in the wine’s youth with plenty of wet river pebble stony undertones, crunchy yellow orchard fruits, and refined pineapple pastille notes. The finish is dry and slightly rasping, but shows great persistence and intensity, finishing with last ripples of dried herbs, yellow apple skins, and a mouth-watering saline bite."- Greg Sherwood MW

Savage Red 2019

R310.01 inc. VAT
Savage Red 2019 "Syrah exclusively sourced in Stellenbosch from vineyards organically grown on decomposed granite soils. Always released a year behind the rest of the Savage range, this 2019 is a dense, dark, potent red from a powerful, concentrated, minerally focused vintage. On the nose, the aromatics are marked by intense notes of earthy red and blackberry fruits, inky saline notes of black cherries, pink musk, savoury cured meat nuances, black olives, and a sappy cedar wood spice complexity. With 70% of whole clusters used in the fermentation, the palate shows pronounced chalky mineral tannins with vibrantly fresh crunchy acids from the granitic soils. Raspberries and blueberries surge to the fore on this dense, powerfully structured wine, gaining in richness and intensity as the wine slowly unfurls in the glass. The wine shows a focused prowess and concentration together with an opulent richness framed by an underlying stony minerality. A wine with undeniable focus and structure but also a surfeit of seductive charm."- Greg Sherwood MW

Savage “Not tonight Josephine” 2020

"First produced in 2018 and only released when the quality is deemed exceptional. With no 2019 bottled, the ‘Not Tonight Josephine’ returns again in 2020. 100% Chenin Blanc fruit grown on rocky sandstone soils on thePiekenierskloof farm of Tierhoek. The grapes were dried for three weeks and then left for five days on skins as whole bunches with regular foot treading. Only bottled in July 2021, the wine already shows a wonderfully pure fresh precision, vibrant tangy acidity, and fabulous drinkability. The aromatics are pure and bright with delicious layers of dried apricots drizzled in honey, mango chutney, milk tart and custard-filled pastries. The palate is creamy and plush, superbly balanced and elegant, neither overly sweet nor clawing with a fine creamy dried peach finesse. A mouth-coating glycerol breadth and a long, pure finish with a kiss of granadilla liqueur." - Greg Sherwood MW

Savage “Girl Next Door” 2020

"Savage “Girl Next Door” 2020, Grapes from one of the saltiest, windswept 0.38 hectares of organic Syrah vines near Fish Hoek in Cape Town. These 15-year-old trellised vines on sandy gravel soils were originally planted for ornamental purposes. The 2020 vintage once again sees a 50% whole cluster portion included in the natural fermentation. Initially delicately savory and perfumed, the aromatics are fairly restrained showing notes of lavender, cured bresaola, hints of iron, graphite, and piquant plummy blackberry spice. The palate texture is incredibly elegant and fine-boned, showing light touch winemaking, silky soft dry powdery tannins, and a smooth, cool, classical finish revealing blackberry fruits, black peppercorns, and a gentle maritime salinity. A very fine, supple, complete expression of Syrah." - Greg Sherwood, MW