Savage 2017 Cinsault Blend "Follow the Line" South Africa
44% Cinsaut, 37% Grenache, and 19%Syrah are all small hand selected parcels of fruit from a number of vineyards ranging in altitude to maritime vineyards around the Western Cape. In order to capture the South African terroir they use large format new and old French Oak with minimal intervention.
This ripe and dryer vintage was great for these red varietals with aromas of violets, sweet cherry blossom, and rose petals. The combination of Cinsault which lends to a marzipan characteristic, to a Grenache that gives a mineral red fruit character and then, the Syrah which gives a peppery structured depth to the wine. The palate overall is seamless with a depth that can lead your palate in a number of directions with every sip. Pair with roasted or grilled meats, casseroles, barbeque, pastas with meat sauces.
Duncan Savage was previously the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards. He introduced his own label in 2011 with the goal is of producing classic and elegant wines. From his time at Cape Point, Duncan came to understand maritime vineyards, which ultimately led to him sourcing grapes for Savage from maritime and high altitude sites. Many great older reds from South Africa and abroad also were sources of inspiration, specifically those with lower alcohol and less extraction.
The 2016 is a blend of 41% Cinsault, 35% Grenache and 24% Syrah, with grapes carefully chosen from a number of high altitude and maritime vineyards around the Western Cape. In the cellar, vinification is very hands off using minimal new French oak and large barrels.