Savage Red 2017

As the evenings have become chillier, it's been the perfect excuse to break open the bigger reds.

Not that the weather or season has ever stopped me from opening these heavier reds. Okay fine, I just really wanted to open a Savage Wine after watching a review of his 2014 Cinsault.

The Wine:

Deep dense ruby with a pronounced nose of cassis, blueberries, musk, violets, peppercorns, olive tapenade, earth and fynbos.

Dry, full bodied, fine tannins, medium+ acidity and a long complex finish that mirrors the nose.

Vini + Viti:

The Syrah grapes are mainly sourced from Stellenbosch as well as from the Swartland, with the Stellenbosch grapes being farmed biodynamically.

2 weeks on skins, half whole bunch, 13 months in 500L barrels plus another 9 months in large foudré.


Balance (1) + Length (1) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (1) = A very good wine.

Drink now, but has potential for further ageing.

Final Thoughts:

It’s hard to believe that this luxurious Syrah was made by a winemaker who spent 14 vintages at Cape Point Vineyards...a winery that specialises in sensational white wines with great ageing potential. But at the same time, the elegance and precision is still present in these wines. It’s also pretty cool that he’s set up Savage Wines in urban Salt River, just steps outside of the CBD (Central  Business District...not a mood altering oil!).

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