The 2020 White, a blend of 76% Sauvignon Blanc and 24% Sémillon, has a lovely nose that gently unfolds to reveal citrus peel, almond and touches of melon and tangerine peel, all very understated and precise. The well-balanced palate is focused, fresh and tensile, with good substance and grip. Hints of sour lemon, ginger, orange peel and white pepper appear toward the spicy finish, which lingers in the mouth. Excellent.
Drink 2021 - 2033
Neil Martin, Vinous.com (July 2021)
About this WINE
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.
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.