2013 Savage White, Western Cape

2013 Savage White, Western Cape

Product: 20138029030
2013 Savage White, Western Cape

Description

This is arguably the least obvious Sauvignon Blanc (56%) and Semillon (44%) blend that I have ever tasted – but it is incredible. Duncan Savage has managed to bring a restraint and minerality to this wine which takes the place of any obvious Sauvignon Blanc aromatics. The Semillon component comes through on the pretty, peachy palate and the broader texture on the palate. It is subtle and delicate but with a long finish, indicating its potential to age. Duncan uses fruit from 50-year-old vines along with whole bunch fermentation and minimal intervention winemaking to craft this. It will be fascinating to see how it develops over time.
Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer
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Savage

Savage

After 11 years producing Platter five-star wines at Cape Point Vineyards, Duncan Savage finally realised his dream of producing his own red and white wine before the age of 35 with his maiden (2011 red, 2012 white) vintage. The wines received high critical acclaim (four and a half stars each from Platter) with Duncan once again in the spotlight as one of the most exciting young talents in South African winemaking. The wines are made with the blessing of Cape Point where he still works as winemaker and viticulturalist.

Duncan’s aim is to produce elegant wines which reflect their terroir and he does this by using fruit from old vines with whole bunch fermentation, minimal intervention and use of old wood, and also amphorae for the Savage Red. Duncan says that the key is to “do as little as possible, as much as you can.” These are exciting new wines to watch on the South African scene, both of them capable of long ageing. Again, availability is limited.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate
Other4.5-5
The Wine Advocate
The 2013 White is a blend of 56% Sauvignon Blanc and 44% Semillon, the fruit sourced by Duncan Savage from numerous vineyards around Kaaimansgat for the former and Villiersdorp for the latter. The wine is fermented in 500-liter used oak casks, 25% new, where it ages for 11 months. It has a very refined bouquet with scents of beeswax, honeysuckle, jasmine and touches of praline in the background. The palate is very well balanced with beautifully effervescent orange zest, guava, apricot and honeysuckle notes and a supremely focused, classy finish. Quite simply, this is one of South Africa’s finest white wines - and I am saying that because I've tasted hundreds of them and this comes very near the summit.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #215 Oct 2014 Read more
Other4.5-5
Near-equal blend of Kaaimansgat Sauvignon Blanc and Villiersdorp Semillon, 2013 underscores very auspicious 2012 debut. Intricate weave of tropical and stonefruit, creamy-chalky lees-driven texture and vibrant acidity. Combo new/old large-format oak. For keeping.
Platter Wine Guide, wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014 Read more