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Savage Wines 2022 vintage release

Savage Wines 2022-vintage release

Dear Reader,

Today we share with you the release of the 2022 vintage set of wines from Savage Wines. Along with the 2021 vintage of Savage Red, this collection of wines marks the eleventh from Duncan Savage and his team. It is no surprise that British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, named Duncan his Winemaker of the Year in the 2022 edition of the South Africa Special Report. Duncan and his team have been putting so much back into their vineyards and this is clear with the quality of wine inside the 2022 bottlings, a vintage that Duncan refers to as ”a particularly challenging vintage”. ”Fortunately for us”, Duncan continues, ”all the hard work in the vineyards, especially mulching, paid off and we saw the rest of the season yielding some incredible fruit.”

As was the case last year, Savage Wines has released eight wines for 2023. The Savage Red remains a vintage behind and is from the 2021 vintage. The Savage White continues to be the other flagship wine from Duncan, and then of course we have the six single site wines.

Available to order today is the Savage White 2022, Savage Red 2021 and Follow the Line 2022. The other six wines continue to be made in minuscule quantities, and are therefore only available on allocation. Please speak to your Account Manager for details.

Savage by name, savant by winegrowing nature. We are very proud to work with Savage Wines.


2022|Savage White|W.O. Western Cape|R 370 per bottle

75% Sauvignon blanc, 25% Sémillon.
This wine continues to be produced from three vineyard sites, grown in a combination of sandstone and granite soils. Grapes are whole-bunch pressed and then transferred to a selection of 500L barrels (20% new) and concrete eggs where spontaneous fermentation and aging takes place. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the Sémillon and occasionally the Sauvignon blanc depending on the vintage. Wines are aged for 12 months in barrel and concrete followed by a further 2-3 months in stainless steel. The 2022 shows lots of bright, yellow fruit and is wonderfully fresh and poised.

2021|Savage Red|W.O. Stellenbosch|R 380 per bottle

100% Syrah.
The grapes are sourced from three parcels of vines on the Langverwagt farm in Kuils River on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, planted in decomposed granite soils overlooking Table Bay and False Bay – ”a perfect home for maritime Stellenbosch Syrah”, Duncan says. All the fruit is sorted as whole bunches before spontaneous fermentation in conical foudre and open top fermenters. About a third of the fruit is fermented as submerged cap with regular aeration, the balance undergoes normal fermentation with between 2-4 aerated pump-overs per day. The juice spends between 2-3 weeks on skins before being basket-pressed to old 500L barrels for 13 months. The wine then spends a further 10 months in foudre prior to bottling.

2022|Follow the Line|W.O. Darling|R 365 per bottle

92% Cinsault, 8% Syrah.
Duncan has worked with this now 41-year old dry-farmed bush vine vineyard in Darling since 2011. He talks about how much he loves this vineyard and what a good example it is of how important it is to invest and put back into the vineyard. ”The level of consistency and purity never ceases to amaze”, Duncan says. The vines grow in decomposed granite on a south-facing slope which gets battered by the prevailing south east wind off the cold Atlantic. Grapes are meticulously sorted in both vineyard and winery, more so in 2022 due to the extreme vintage. To this end, 20% of the fruit was discarded to ensure only the best bunches were processed. There is 50% whole-bunch in the 2022 and following spontaneous fermentation with gentle extraction and two weeks on the skins, the juice is basket-pressed to a combination of older foudre, amphora and old 500L barrels before being bottled.