Savage White 2019


64% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon, 16% Chenin Blanc

Alc. 14% Vol | RS 2.4 g/l | pH 3.3 | TA 5.7 g/l |

Western Cape

Both trellised and bush vines grown in Sandstone and Granite derived soils.

TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
Fruit sourced from Kaaimansgat, Villiersdorp, Piekenierskloof and Stellenbosch. After being whole bunch pressed, the fermentations for the various batches lasted between 1 and 6 months with all components finishing secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 10 months in old 500 litre French oak barrels and concrete eggs. The 2019 white is turning out to be as distinctive and expressive as the 2018 but perhaps having more in common stylistically with the 2017 vintage. The 2019’s taut, smoky bouquet shows a slightly reductive liquid minerality that is utterly captivating, slowly unfurling layer upon layer in the glass. The initial petrichor notes of wet slate give way to crushed granite and dusty gravel nuances underpinned by aromatics of waxy green apples, dried fynbos, peach stone fruits and pithy white citrus. Initially dominated by the Sauvignon Blanc and creamy grapefruit notes of the Semillon, a little time in the glass eventually sees the Chenin Blanc component assert itself with hints of bruised yellow orchard fruits and a soft pineapple pastille kiss. On the palate, the unmistakable hallmark brilliance again shines with an outstanding balance and harmony. At once fresh, bright and supremely pure fruited, the 2019 Savage White is all about textural finesse, seamless equilibrium and pinpoint precision. The finish is long, persistent and intensely concentrated throwing out yet more teasing notes of passion fruit, white peach and candied pineapple. Drink from release and over the next 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!

Additional Information

Duncan Savage