BLEND: 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Semillon
WINEMAKER: Duncan Savage
WINE DISTRICT: Western Cape
Grapes are meticulously sourced from a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape farmed by passionate South Africans. The small hand selected parcels of fruit receive much love and attention through the growing season with each vineyard’s unique terroir contributing in its own special way to the blend.
In the cellar, minimal intervention along with new and old large format French Oak is combined to ensure that the essence of South African terroir is captured in the wines.
TASTING NOTES: by Greg Sherwood MW
The new 2014 release of the Savage white is a blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon with an alcohol of 14 degrees. The expectations of greatness seem to grow yearly with every new vintage release, but true to form, Duncan Savage delivers yet again. A fairly pale, lucid yellow colour, the nose of the 2014 is packed with dried straw, lemon grass, baked yellow capsicum, and rich lemon curd notes. But there is another very complex, herbaceous dimension to the aromatics of this wine. A pithy minerality of crushed gravel underpins notes of dried herbs, tarragon, dried bay leaves and buttered white toast. The palate shows a rich, full, bold, fleshy entry with mouth coating dry extract concentration of lemon verbena, white citrus, passion fruit soufflé and peach stone fruit. This wine has gravitas and weight of fruit, classical styling but with immediate accessibility and allure. The finish is long and focused revealing the Savage white hallmarks of lemon and pineapple pastille fruits, textural richness, a vibrant acidity, seamless integration and above all, balance. Despite coming from a more challenging vintage, this new release is another impressive addition to the South African fine wine landscape. Drink and enjoy from release or cellar for 5 to 8+ years. (93+/100 GWS) ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14 % Vol RS – 1.2 g/l pH – 3.28 TA – 6.4 g/l TSO² – 110 mg/l