Savage Are We There Yet 2019


50% Touriga Nacional, 50% Syrah

Alc. 13.5% Vol | RS 2.1 g/l | pH 3.7 | TA 5.1 g/l |


Bush vines grown in river pebble covered shale soils.

TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
The 2019 is again a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Syrah from 14 year old bush vines grown in river pebble and shale. Picked on the same day and co-fermented, the wine spent 2 weeks on skins before being aged for 11 months in neutral oak foudre. A lot of the work has been done to fine tune the blend, like the 100% destemming. This has resulted in one of the most plush, opulent and seamlessly harmonious reds in the range. The aromatics retain their underlying dark, plumy, black fruit complexity with intriguing nuances of blueberry pie, black currant confit and sweet melted black liquorice candy. The palate incredibly shows a level of refinement with tangy acids, sweet savoury velvet tannins, a fleshy luxurious core of black currant and blueberry fruits and a finish with the most suave, fine grained mineral texture possible. All in all, the 2019 shows a little more refinement, a pinch more plushness and a polished finess. Drink from release or over
the next 5 – 10+ years.

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The 2019 vintage while incredible in quality had its challenges. The drought that plagued the Western Cape for years was again ruthless in the vineyards with our production down by 12%. Birds also took their toll decimating two of the blocks we work with. As a result the range is two wines short with no ‘Never Been Asked To Dance’ or ‘Not Tonight Josephine’ being bottled from the vintage. We have learnt our lesson and nets in the vineyards are becoming more common.

The challenges were offset by incredible quality. The vintage showcases the power of 2015 with the elegance of 2017 all wrapped into one. The wines across the board are a touch more vinous while again retaining the purity and finesse we strive for at Savage.

Viticulturally we improve year after year as we better understand our vineyards. Close to half of what we farm is now organic with the aim of being close to 100% in the years to come. The process is slow but we have a ten year plan to build soil carbon and ensure each parcel is more drought resistant. ‘The Girl Next Door’ for example, has been weaned off water over the drought years and the results are spectacular!

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Duncan Savage