Savage White Size: 75cl
PRODUCER: Since 2003, Duncan Savage has been head winemaker at Cape Point vineyards, a highly regarded winery in the Cape Peninsula, over the mountain from Steenberg. The Cape Point line-up is very good (particularly the flagship wine, Isleidh) however, it was Duncan’s own wines that struck the strongest chord with us. Launched in 2013, his white is a blend of Sauvignon and Semillon with a piercing lime and tangerine note, ample body and a crisp finish. The red is also a blend, with Syrah playing the lead hand, accompanied by Grenache, Cinsault and a little Mourvedre.
TASTING NOTES: A Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon based blend incorporates small amounts of Clairette Blanche and Chenin Blanc this year. This slightly bigger blend perhaps explains the wines broader aromatic profile. There is still the dusty lemon and herb spice, yellow grapefruit and lime peel freshness, but also extra notes of white pear, white pepper, white crunchy peaches and green apple zest. Once again, the pithy minerality of crushed gravel underpins both the nose and palate and there's an almost German, Pfalz-like strawberries and vanilla ice cream exotism in play. The palate is bold, intense and concentrated with pithy gravelly notes balanced by massive fruit concentration and length. The vintage's sublime quality is indeed standing up to be counted! Duncan has perfectly captured the essence of 2015's greatness. But the wine remains classical, measured, restrained and fresh and finally unlocks its hallmark lemon and pineapple pastille fruit character on the long, intense finish.