2014 Savage "Follow The Line" Western Cape
Winemaker's Notes: "58% Cinsaut, 21% Grenache and 21% Syrah. Grapes are meticulously sourced from a number of altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape. 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 along with new and old large format French Oak is combined to ensure that the essence of South African terroir is captured in the wines. With the flagship Savage red selling out so quickly in its previous two vintages, it was surely only a matter of time before another red blend joined the Savage line up. This wine is brimming with energy and the ultra-bright, vibrant, translucent ruby red colour gives you an idea of what’s to follow in the glass. On the nose, there is plenty of smoky, spicy, savoury red berry fruits, red apple skins, pot pouri, rose petal fragrance and red cherries with a most wonderful mineral undertone of dusty grey slate and crushed granite. While the palate is sleek and elegantly textured with polished mineral tannins, it’s also taught, ultra-pure, and electrically fresh. This is a blend made in heaven. The taught fresh cherry and tart red berry fruited Cinsaut is complemented by the fleshy raspberry compote and plum spice of the Grenache, while the Syrah adds savoury muscle and shape. Expertly crafted, this wine really bares its soul."