Savage Red 2020
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PRODUCER: Duncan Savage is a very talented winemaker who's reputation was made at Cape Point where he has been making very serious wines for years. 'Savage' is his own venture where he discovers fascinating plots of great fruit and makes blends, each year slightly different, depending what he finds and cannot resist.
WINEMAKING: Since 2017, this flagship wine has been made exclusively from 100% pure Syrah and from 2018, 100% pure Stellenbosch Syrah. Produced from fruit grown on the decomposed granite soils of Southern Stellenbosch, these organically farmed grapes spent three weeks on their skins with 50% whole bunches employed in fermentation. After secondary malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 13 months in 500 litre French oak barrels and then a further 9 months in 3,200 litre conical foudres.
TASTING NOTE: This is an incredibly focused, Rhône-esque expression of Syrah, with wonderful notes of red and black fruits, white pepper and dried flowers. Plush yet tempered by pinpoint acidity and an ultrafine web of tannins, this is a sure-fire keeper for the cellar.