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Savage, Follow The Line 2018
Cinsault 93%, Syrah 7%
Possessing a youthful red plum translucent color, it has all the perfume lift and exuberance you would expect from old vine Cinsault. The nose is aromatically charged, brimming with fresh violets, cherry blossom, rose water, lychee skins, sun dried cranberries, potpourri and an exotic touch of Turkish delight. Wonderful purity and clarity are always hallmarks of this wine as are the radiant fresh acids and bright, crunchy, sappy red berry fruits. Once again, this wine is the epitome of elegance, walking quite lightly, shimmering all the way to the finish with illuminated brilliance. This really is an exceptional, mouth-watering delight.
The fruit was picked early and fermented using 50% whole bunch clusters. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in 500 liter French oak barrels with a further 9 months of aging in large 1500 and 2000 liter foudre.
Duncan Savage, previously the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, introduced his own label in 2011 with a goal to produce rock-solid, classic and elegant wines. Through his time at Cape Point, Duncan grew to understand maritime vineyards, which led him to source grapes for Savage wines from maritime and high altitude sites around the Western Cape. These small, hand-selected parcels receive a lot of love and attention throughout the growing season. Each vineyard's unique terroir contributes in its own special way to the blends. Savage wines are inspired by the great older reds from South Africa and abroad that have stood the test of time, and are made with gentle extraction, minimal intervention, and moderate alcohol.
Vinous 92pts (2017) - The 2017 Follow The Own is a blend of 93% Cinsault and the rest Syrah from in Darling. It underwent malolactic fermentation in old 500-liter French oak, and then spent nine months in foudres ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 liters. It has a very seductive bouquet of plush red currant and cranberry fruit with touches of vanilla and almond. The palate is well balanced with fine, quite edgy tannin. This is linear and conservative in some ways, but it has a very penetrating finish that leaves a tingle of white pepper on the finish. Give this a year in bottle, then drink to your heart�s content.
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