2013 Savage "White" Western Cape
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)
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)
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.
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)