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Savage White Blend 2017

Country: South africa
Region: Western cape
Type: White
Producer: Savage
Grape: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2017
Alcohol: 14%

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'The nose is already very expressive with complex aromatics of freshly baked apple crumble drizzled in honey, orange blossom, tangerine peel, yellow orchard fruits and a delicious passion fruit twist. But like many 2017 whites, there is a real clarity and focus to the wine along with a defined core of dusty granitic minerality. The entry on the palate reveals the tart, vibrantly fresh characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc and the Semillon, that awaken the palate with zesty yellow grapefruit, lanolin, honied white peaches and Granny Smith apple puree notes. Classic higher altitude vineyard nuances ensure this wine retains incredible intensity together with a fleshy, creamy lemon pie concentration underpinned by a cool, dusty, stony minerality. Powerful without being brutish, linear and focused without being lean. This is another wonderful flagship white blend from the Savage winery that continues the great run of form for this cuvee. Drink from 2018 to 2030+' Greg Sherwood MW

Tasting Notes

49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon

Press Note:

Neal Martin, The 2017 Savage White, which underwent a 6- to 8-month ferment (the longest ever) is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Sémillon and was matured in used barrels for 10 months. It has a very fragrant bouquet of peony, lemon curd and a touch of apricot blossom, very nuanced but compelling. The palate is taut and linear on the entry and quite saline on the mouth, with a slightly Muscat-like finish. Utterly delicious and quite cerebral too. 93 points '49% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillion and 18% Chenin Blanc – sourced variously from Malgas, Villiersdorp, Piekenierskloof and Skurfberg. A floral top note before blackcurrant and naartjie. Super-rich on the palate – concentrated fruit, nicely coated acidity and a little tannic grip making for a pithy finish. This has plenty of heft but also lovely balance. Alcohol is 14% and Savage says more MLF than usual at somewhere between 50 to 60%.' Christian Edes

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