2018 Savage Offer
It’s here! We are delighted to offer our Savage allocation for 2018.
Duncan Savage is one of South Africa’s most exciting producers. After 11 years as the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, he started his own passion project under his own name. Savage focuses on classic, elegant wines from maritime and high-altitude sights. Inspired by the old great wines of South Africa, Duncan strives for low alcohol, gentle extraction and nuance from old vineyards scattered along the western cape. His first vintage in 2011 launched to immediate acclaim and he is now widely recognized as one of the country’s most thrilling rising stars. We first met Duncan three years ago at his home vineyard in Nooerbrook. He exudes an easy warmth and infectious energy. Production is extremely small (under 2500 cases) and we are forever delighted to get a small portion of that to share with Canada. These wines have easily risen to some of our most beloved of our entire portfolio. They sit at the axis of low-intervention, extremely thoughtfully made wine and pure, precise, elegant power that truly tells the story of South Africa.
2017 was a great year and we are excited to have our biggest selection yet. Some allocations are very small (4 cases!!) so please let us know what you’d like as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Powerful whites, light and lifted reds, to cellar-worthy classics at incredible value. If you have not yet discovered the wines of Duncan Savage, you are in for a treat.
The 2018 Savage release sees seven wines in total and is our best to date. Our wines and philosophy are starting to take shape as we pursue regionality.
The reds are elegant and classic as is our style, all was made easier by the class of the vintage. The wines may be light in texture but have fantastic tannin structures well suited to cellaring for 5 to 8 years, longer in some instances. Whites are textured and complex, almost bigger than the reds. The vintage gave us long slow ferments with a number of the white components taking up to 8 months to complete alcoholic fermentation. As a result Savage White has seen more malolactic fermentation than usual bringing incredible texture and weight to the wine.
The exception in the range is the 2015 Savage Red. So tightly wound in youth we decided to hold the wine back allowing more time in barrel and Foudre. 2015 was a Cape classic in terms of vintages, more power and structure than 2017 but still showcasing purity and elegance. A warm and dry growing season that will be romanced for many years to come.