Alc.13.5%Vol | RS2.6g/l | pH3.59 | TA5.6g/l |
Grapes are sourced from two sites, one in Stellenbosch and the other in the Swartland. Both vineyards are grown on decomposed Granite soils, Stellenbosch being trellised while the Swartland component is dry farmed bush vines.
After a bit of vintage shuffling, last year’s 2015 blockbuster was the last Savage Red blend to be bottled, reverting in 2017 to a pure 100% Syrah wine made from vines grown exclusively on granitic soils in both Stellenbosch and the Swartland. Farmed biodynamically, the Stellenbosch vineyard fruit makes up the lion’s share of this wine and indeed will comprise 100% of the Savage Red in 2018.The grapes spend two weeks on their skins with 50% whole-bunches used before spending 13 months in 500 litre barrels and a further 9 months in 3,200 litre conical foudre, or just under two years elevage in the cellar. Loaded with piquant blueberries, saline cassis and blackberry opulence, the nose shows strikingly complex notes of pink musk, sweet grilled herbs, black peppercorn spice and is embellished with an intoxicating exotic sweet white lily blossom fragrance. The palate intensity is also tremendously impressive with a harmonious crystalline purity and classical elegance in abundance. The vintage shows a slightly more overt, opulent personality to the broody foursquare 2015. Drink from release over the next 8 – 10+ years.
(96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW) (96/100 Tim Atkin MW)