Savage Red 2019
Syrah exclusively sourced in Stellenbosch from vineyards organically grown on decomposed granite soils. Always released a year behind the rest of the Savage range, this 2019 is a dense, dark, potent red from a powerful, concentrated, minerally focused vintage. On the nose the aromatics are marked by intense notes of earthy red and blackberry fruits, inky saline notes of black cherries, pink musk, savoury cured meat nuances, black olives and a sappy cedar wood spice complexity. With 70% of whole clusters used in the fermentation, the palate shows pronounced chalky mineral tannins with vibrantly fresh crunchy acids from the granitic soils. Raspberries and blueberries surge to the fore on this dense, powerfully structured wine, gaining in richness and intensity as the wine slowly unfurls in the glass. The wine shows a focused prowess and concentration together with an opulent richness framed by an underlying stony minerality. A wine with undeniable focus and structure but also a surfeit of seductive charm.
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