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Savage Follow The Line 2016

 
Country: South africa
Region: Western cape
Type: Red
Producer: Savage
Grape: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Alcohol: 13%

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A dazzlingly pretty and fine wine from Duncan Savage. The third vintage that's made its way on to UK soils.


Tasting Notes

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 farmed by guys who are as passionate about the sites as Duncan is. In the cellar, vinification is very hands off - with such special sites, it would be a shame to blemish the essence of the terroir. Minimal new oak and large barrels, all Burgundian are the only ones used.


Press Note:

"If Duncan Savage’s Red 2016 is characterized by reined-in power (see here), then Follow the Line is something of an alter-ego, the key characteristics being lightness and freshness. It shows red and black fruit, white pepper and fynbos on the nose. It’s fruit-forward in the best sense and gently savoury on the finish. Well balanced and already quite approachable." Winemag.co.za 92 points. "For the previous two vintages of this wine, one could wonder whether perhaps it’s exceptional quality and intensity was perhaps the result of a lucky synergistic blend or the product of a very complex, generous vintage. But this 2016 is probably the vintage that looks set to impress the critics yet again and seduce the consumer even more so than the crunchy 2015 vintage. At 13% Abv, this wine sings a lofty melodic chorus the moment the cork is pulled. The riper, dryer vintage evidently plays to the strengths of these red varieties with the most seductive perfumed nose of parma violets, sweet cherry blossom, bathroom soaps, rose petals and potpourri sweet spice. The brilliance of this wine lies in the synergy created marrying the vibrant marzipan laden Cinsaut with the sappy, mineral, red fruited Grenache, leaving the Syrah to lend a tantalising depth of structure and peppery savouriness. The palate is so seamless, harmonious and elegant with sweet boiled raspberry bon bons, red current herbal tea infusions, ripe cranberries, and a crunchy, vibrant, strawberry fruited finale. Such sweet, silky, fleshy tannins linger on a creamy, opulent, energetic finish. Perhaps less of the exotic, crunchy hubris of the 2015, but the 2016 is certainly a far more self assured, confident red wine that looks set to once and for all, cement its global icon status as one of the truly great fine wines to follow, year in, year out. Drink now to 2030+." Greg Sherwood MW, 95+/100

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