Alc. 13% Vol | RS 1.8 g/l | pH 3.68 | TA 5.0 g/l |
Dry farmed bush vines grown in decomposed granite soils.
TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
In 2019, Follow The Line is made up of 89% Cinsault from 39 year old dry farmed Darling bush vines together with 11% Syrah from the same property. The wine spent 3 to 5 weeks on skins, 50% as whole bunches.
Ageing took place over 10 months in oval foudre ranging from 1,500-2000 litres. True to form, this wine is ultra perfumed and incredibly pretty with soft seductive aromatics of crushed rose petals, spring cherry blossoms, dried lavender, a melange of red summer berry fruits and an exotic Turkish delight twist. The palate shows a fabulously self assured, compact core of bright red fruits, intense zippy red cherry Kool Aid, candied red berry notes and a super dense yet supple core of purity rarely seen on modest Cinsault.
The tannins are fleshy, silky soft and almost imperceptible with the harmonious finesse of the sublime palate texture grabbing all the drinker’s attention. Superbly balanced, subtly piquant and saline, this wine has such
a dreamy, creamy finish. Breathtaking purity of fruit and the most well honed, elegant poise to suggest that this could be one of finest expressions of Follow The Line to date. A truly profound wine. Drink this from release and over the next 3 – 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!