Savage Red 2018



Alc. 13.5% Vol | RS 1.8 g/l | pH 3.68 | TA 5.4 g/l |


Trellised vines grown in decomposed granite soils.

TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
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. The wine’s aromatics show an impressively deep, compact red berry fruit concentration, a savoury, brambly, damson plum palate breadth that’s delicately massaged by a soft, pure granitic acidity. There is a real translucent, weightless, purity of flavour to the fruits, a true crystalline 2018 elegance and a supple, fleshy, seamless talcum powder fine tannin texture on the finish. True to the vintage, this wine will give immense drinking pleasure from release and probably hit its prime at 8 to 10+ years of age.

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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