2013 Savage "White" Western Cape

SKU #1182489 93 points Robert Parker's 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. Duncan Savage did not only have the audacity to go surfing when I was visiting South Africa, he compounded the ignominy by showing me a photograph of the wave that was more important than me, when he finally deigned me with his presence in London. The only reason I can forgive him, is because he makes some of South Africa's greatest wines ... (NM)  (10/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Bright light yellow. Aromas of yellow fruits, orange blossom, nut oil, minerals and vanillin oak. Densely packed, saline and light on its feet; boasts a lovely combination of dusty extract and energy. Subtle leesy richness leavened by striking acidity (6.9 grams per liter). Finishes broad, fresh and long, with a saline complexity. This is the new label of Duncan Savage, winemaker for Cape Point Vineyards. (I happened to taste this wine next to the 2013 Cape Point Isliedh and there were intriguing similarities in the aromas and oak element of the two bottlings.) (ST)  (6/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Features a core of tangerine, peach and clementine flavors, backed by lightly toasted brioche and paraffin notes. Shows good tension amid the creamy outer frame.  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

We are excited to be working with these exciting new wines from winemaking genius Duncan Savage of Cape Point Vineyards fame. "Savage" is his own namesake project making very small quantities of hand-crafted Rhone-style reds and Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon based whites. This majestic white is a classic combination of 56% Sauvignon Blanc and 44% Semillon. The fruit is sourced from some of the Western Cape's best coastal vineyard sites. The juice is naturally fermented and aged in 100% French oak (500 and 600 liter puncheon barrels) for 10 months, 25% new, with the remainder 2nd and 3rd fill. Only 500cs total production. This wine marries the mineral intensity and tension of great Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc with the weightier, denser mid-palate texture of white Bordeaux; the Semillon lends an undeniably delicious dimension and textural element to the blend. The wine shows, wet granite, yellow flower and crushed Meyer lemon on the nose. The palate has similar ripe citrus notes with some crunchy quince, white peach and savory pie crust lees nuances. The extended barrel ageing has given lovely softness to the wine and prevents its linear focus from seeming harsh or austere. I love the combination of richness and weight with luminosity and mineral tinged acidity. Beautiful wine. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L South African Wine Buyer)

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By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2014 | Send Email
As I said in the Savage Red review, Duncan Savage is making stunning Sauvignon Blanc at Cape Point Vineyards and this wine is singing! Made from a barrel fermented blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the bouquet offers notes of lanolin, honeysuckle, kumquat, a hint of tangerine peel and a light nutty character. On the palate, the wine is rich yet with a fine citric acid line and mineral accents that lead to a long finish. Gorgeous stuff...Bravo!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2014 | Send Email
Very skillfully crafted wine. Containing elements of both subtle minerality and textural power / intensity. As good as this is now, I suspect it will age like great white Bordeaux. Very serious wine of depth and intensity.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14