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Savage Wines 2021 vintage official release

The wait is over. We have been inundated with inquiries into the new vintage from Savage Wines and today we share with you the official release of Duncan Savage’s 2021 range of wines and 2020 Red. The production remains limited and with more demand than ever for these wines, most of the range is strictly on allocation. Please speak to us if you do not already receive an annual allocation.

Dear Reader,

All of the magic behind Savage Wines happens from within the heart of Cape Town, in Salt River at their winery. But, behind this magic is the work in the vineyards that most of us don’t often get to see.

”New development comes in the form of our investment in viticulture. We continue to oversee all our vineyards focussing on the replanting of dead vines, extensive mulching, sustainable farming and attention to detail in general.”
Duncan Savage | 2022

Duncan refers to 2021 as a ”classic vintage” which had ”an almost European feel to it, and the resultant wines are crystalline and pure.” The flagship wines remain the White and the Red, with the latter from the 2020 vintage. The only other dry white wine in the range is that of the Never Been Asked to Dance, joined by four other reds and then the minuscule production sweet straw wine, the Not Tonight Josephine.

Savage Wines line-up

White 2021 | Western Cape | R 310 per bottle
Red 2020
 | Stellenbosch | R 320 per bottle
Never Been Asked to Dance 2021 
| Paarl | R 320 per bottle
Follow the Line 2021 
| Darling | R 320 per bottle
Thief in the Night 2021 
| Piekenierskloof | R 320 per bottle
Girl Next Door 2021 
| Cape Town | R 435 per bottle
Are We There Yet 2021 
| Malgas | R 320 per bottle
Not Tonight Josephine 2021 
| Piekenierskloof | R 430 per bottle (375ml)

We would just like to reiterate that the likes of Duncan Savage’s production is small which makes availability very limited. As such, most of the wines are sold on an allocation basis only with preference given to those customers who have supported the wines over the past few years. Please speak to us about your request and we will confirm availability.

Thank you and please read further below for Master of Wine, Greg Sherwood’s notes on each of the wines.

White 2021 | 69% Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Sémillon
“…from trellised and bush vine vineyards around the Western Cape…2021 was another cracking white wine vintage and this release sees the Savage White reach new levels of textural lavishness and palate breadth. The aromatics are rich and expressive…In the mouth the wine rolls across the palate with an impressively dense glycerol weight of fruit together with the most delicious tangy mouth-watering acids. The wine spent 10 months in oak, 20% new…”

Red 2020 | 100% Syrah 
“…sourced exclusively from prime organically grown Stellenbosch vineyards planted on decomposed granite soils…50% whole clusters…The wine spends 12 months in 500 litre barrels followed by a further 10 months in foudre…the wine displays a gloriously perfumed aromatic profile that rises out the glass effortlessly…the palate is broad and elegantly textured…Wonderfully polished sweet plush tannins make this a seriously generous wine that will offer rewarding drinking on release, but that will undoubtedly be cellar worthy for another 10 to 12+ years of development.”

Follow the Line 2021 | 93% Cinsault, 7% Syrah
”…sourced from 40-year-old dry farmed bush vines in the ward of Darling, grown on decomposed granite soils…50% whole clusters…basket pressed into neutral foudre for 10 months of ageing…a wine that is deep, dark and very serious on the nose…While the aromatics might be slightly shyer than usual, the palate displays a wonderfully toasty, savoury depth of red and black berry fruits…There is plenty of depth with supporting structure but also an accessibility with a delicious dark fruited opulence. Drink now or over the next 10 to 12+ years.”

Thief in the Night 2021 | 100% Grenache noir
”…from dry farmed bush vines grown on sandstone soils…10 to 20% whole clusters…basket pressed into neutral foudre for 10 months ageing. The wine is another beautiful expression of purity with pristine aromatics…On the palate, the acids are taut and fresh creating a glassy, linear tension…This is a wine with impressive focus and intensity, suave tannins and a crunchy freshness that invigorates the palate and invites one sip after the next. 2021 signals a return to more Rhone-like characters on a wine that will drink well on release and over the next 8 to 10+ years.”

Girl Next Door 2021 | 100% Syrah
”…a 0.38ha 16-year-old trellised vineyard grown on sandy gravel soils, that was originally planted for ornamental purposes…50% whole clusters…basket pressed into neutral foudre for 10 months of ageing. This 2021 expression shows plenty of attention to detail, with lofty perfumed aromatics…Already beautifully intense and generously fruit forward, there is also incredible clarity and focus on the palate, with an overwhelmingly salty maritime twang that combines with a juicy mouth-watering acidity to give the wine striking drive and power, all executed in the most elegant and harmonious manner. Not too savoury or meaty, this fine boned wine excels on its purity of fruit and textural finesse. Drink from release and over the next 10 to 15+ years.”

Are We There Yet 2021 | 50% Syrah, 50% Touriga Nacional
”A Malgas red blend from 16-year-old bush vines grown on a unique river pebble on shale soil terroir…10% whole clusters…basket pressed into old 500 litre barrels where it was aged for 10 months. On the nose the aromatics are delightfully dark and brooding…As with many of the 2021 reds, there is at once fabulous fruit depth, intensity and freshness together with a seamlessly harmonious textural palate with the most creamy of tannins enlivened by a tangy, juicy acidity that simply melts away slowly into the dark fruit opulence. Drink this on release and over the next 8 to 10+ years.”

Never Been Asked to Dance 2021 | 100% Chenin blanc
”Chenin Blanc from 68-year-old dry farmed bush vines grown on decomposed granite soils in Paarl…whole bunch pressed with oxidative juice handling before a natural fermentation and malolactic fermentation, followed by 10 months ageing in old 600 litre Stockinger barrels. In this exceptional vintage, all the classical aromatics are on show…On the palate there is an incredibly fresh, energising acidity that adds a wonderful frame to the rich textural concentration…Drink on release and over 15+ years.”

Not Tonight Josephine 2021 | 100% Chenin blanc straw wine
”…only the third release of this sweet straw wine elixir made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes from vines grown on rocky sandstone soils in the Piekenierskloof. The grapes were dried for three weeks and then foot stomped for 5 days, before being basket pressed into a 225 litre barrel and glass demijohn for fermentation and ageing. Made in incredibly small quantities, this specialty dessert wine offers up a profusion of fruit and floral aromatics…On the palate the wine is sumptuous and weightlessly silky soft, rolling over the tongue like melted honey…Fabulously luxurious and decadent, this wine is also beautifully balanced with the perfect acid – sugar symmetry. Drink now and over the next 20+ years.”