Savage Thief in the Night 2019


61% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, 13% Syrah

Alc. 13.5% Vol | RS 1.8 g/l | pH 3.7 | TA 4.7 g/l |


Dry farmed bush vines grown in sandstone derived soils.

TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
The wine spent 2 weeks on skins, 20% as whole bunches in order to maximise the fruit’s true expression. All components were picked on the same day from the same property in the Piekenierskloof and co-fermented. The blend was aged in one 3400L foudre for 11 months before bottling. With a fabulously crystalline, translucent ruby red colour, this wine is sassy and confident from the get go, showing a rich, deep, savoury spicy aromatic depth of autumnal leaves, freshly cut hedge row, sappy earthy black cherry fruits and a subtle peppery broody depth. Yet again, the compact signature 2019 palate texture density and harmony is unambiguous. A seamless fruit – acid balance and a savoury earthy red currant and bramble berry spice complexity asserting itself on the long, plush, polished finish. This is the most confident and accomplished expression of the Thief in the Night to date. Drink from release and over 3 – 8+ 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