2018 Savage Red

Savoury Shiraz from South Africa with a deeply impressive structure. Roasted meats required.

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Description

The Savage Red, unlike the White, is a straight 100% offering rather than a blend, in this case Syrah, sourced from the South African region of Stellenbosch in the country's southwest.

Black fruits and plums dance from the glass, intermixed with spicy, smoky notes and some meat and oak aromas, showing wonderful complexity. The palate continues this richness and the few years of bottle age have tamed the tannins and added some lovely tertiary, savoury characters to the black fruits on offer.

Like the Savage White, this is a wine for sipping, not glugging, and it's the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats, particularly a South African barbecue.

VARIETAL

Syrah

ANALYSIS

Alc.13.5%Vol | RS1.8g/l | pH3.68 | TA5.4g/l |

ORIGIN

Stellenbosch

WINEGROWING

Trellised vines grown in decomposed granite soils.

94 Points - "Syrah from Stellenbosch made by Duncan Savage, who sounds like a Rock n Roll Wrestler over a winemaker, but hey. He probably owns a set of giant Boerboels.Savoury as. Game meat, clove, cinnamon spice, dried herbs, inky blackcurrants, brined black olives. Wow. Impact is big, the palate not so much, but assuredly shaped with firm, fine, Italianate, graphite-laced tannins and finishes incredibly minerally and savoury. A very serious wine, one for impact now, but good for cellaring. Impressive." Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

91 Points - "Made from Syrah this year, the 2018 Proprietary Red is dark ruby colored at the core and has a nose that is unmistakably Syrah. Wafting with juicy scents of blackberry and black plum over black peppercorn, the nose expresses hints of sweet tobacco, olive and smoked salami in the glass. The medium-bodied wine is classic and pleasurable on the palate with ripe flavors of juicy plum and black cherry skin over fresh cracked pepper flavors before displaying gripping tannins across the mid-palate. The wine concludes with a long, drawn-out finish that leaves me craving fire-roasted meats from the grill. It's simply delicious." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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