2013 Savage Red Blend Western Cape (Previously $40)
Light ruby. Dusty nose. Real whole-bunch influence with lots of freshness. Bone-dry end. Drink 2016-2020.
Winemaker's Notes: "Grapes are meticulously sourced from a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape farmed by passionate South Africans. The small hand selected parcels of fruit receive much love and attention through the growing season with each vineyard’s unique terroir contributing in its own special way to the blend. In the cellar, minimal intervention and old large format French Oak is combined to ensure that the essence of South African terroir is captured in the wines. The flagship Savage red 2013 is a blend of 67% Syrah, 12% Cinsaut, 12% Grenache and 9% Touriga Nacional, with a cool 13 degrees alcohol. The colour is bright translucent cherry ruby red. The nose is lifted, perfumed and aromatic showing blood oranges, white blossom, raspberry coulis, sandalwood and lush red current and small red forest berry fruits. Multidimensional and multi-layered, this wine has all the complexity of a Grand Vin. Dusty stalky spice notes, wet river pebbles, strawberry Bon Bons and red cherry skin spice. The palate does not shout, it whispers its complexity confidently, with ultra-soft, elegant, palate balance, sweet peppery red berry fruit concentration, strawberry compote, and suave textural precision. This wine represents a master class in the art of blending, being impossible to tell where one variety ends and another starts. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts."