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Savage White Blend 2014

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A fairly pale, lucid yellow color, the nose of the 2014 is packed with dried straw, lemon grass, baked yellow capsicum, and rich lemon curd notes. But there is another very complex, herbaceous dimension to the aromatics of this wine. A pithy minerality of crushed gravel underpins notes of dried herbs, tarragon, dried bay leaves and buttered white toast. The palate shows a rich, full, bold, fleshy entry with mouth coating dry extract concentration of lemon verbena, white citrus, passion fruit souffle and peach stone fruit. This wine has gravitas and weight of fruit, classical styling but withimmediate accessibility and allure. The finish is long and focusedrevealing the Savage white hallmarks of lemon and pineapple pastille fruits, textural richness, a vibrant acidity, seamless integration and above all, balance.

73% Sauvignon Blanc,27% Semillon

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Gorgeous talc, green almond, honeysuckle and verbena notes lead the way, followed by flavors of white peach, salted butter and blanched almond. The long, pure, chiseled finish should expand steadily with some cellaring. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2020.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Savag's 2014 Proprietory White has a lot less Semillon than previous vintages, just 27%. Duncan feels this is about precision and the razor's edge. Matured in old barrels, that higher percentage of Sauvignon Blanc makes an imprint on the nose with fresh gooseberry and nettle aromas. The palate is indeed is crisp and precise, tensile and poised with touches of bruised apple, pear and goosberry with a taut finish. If I am being honest, I miss the contribution that the Semillon makes, though note that from 2015 it will become a multi-varietal blend. Duncan mentioned that he thinks the Semillon will become more expressive with time - it will be intriguing to find out.
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Savage, South Africa
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Cape Point Vineyards' winemaker Duncan Savage introduced his own label in 2011. Savage’s goal is to produce rock-solid classic and elegant wines. Through his time at Cape Point, Duncan has grown to understand maritime vineyards a little better. This knowledge led him to source grapes for Savage from maritime and high altitude sites. Duncan is also inspired by many great older reds from South Africa and abroad that have stood the test of time with moderate alcohol and gentle extraction.
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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used in white wine blends, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied white wine blend, like Chardonnay, would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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