A new South African great: Savage Follow The Line 2014

savage follow the line

This is sensational. It’s a new red wine from Duncan Savage, and it’s a blend of 58% Cinsault, 21% Grenache and 21% Syrah. We were served it blind and I reckoned it was a supremely elegant warmer climate red, but I didn’t get any further than that. It’s such a beautiful wine, but it will be incredibly hard to find, alas. I reckon it’s a new South African great. It proves once again that Cinsault is a serious variety in South Africa. [Disclosure: Duncan is a buddy who I judge with every year in South Africa. But I'm not doing him a favour with this review: I genuinely love the wine.]

Savage Follow The Line 2014 Western Cape, South Africa
Very fine, expressive and pure with lovely refined red and black cherries, and a lovely floral perfume. There’s some tautness to the palate, but also a bit of silky texture. Purity and finesse are the hallmarks of this super-elegant red wine. 96/100

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6 comments to A new South African great: Savage Follow The Line 2014

  • Interesting – Sounds very exciting!

  • keith prothero

    Disclosure disclosure A good friend and judging colleague of Mr Goode !!
    Now I know that does not influence you consciously but does the wine get an extra point or superior adjective subconsciously :)
    Semi-serious question

  • Good point Keith. In the past I have disclosed this when reviewing Duncan’s wines. I should disclose this here also. He’s a buddy. Subconsciously, this may have an influence – I am human. But I try not to let it. I’m delighted the wine is this good – but then I can see that such a glowing review will seem a bit dodgy. I will buy some of this wine if I can get hold of it, which is an endorsement I guess.

    I have added a disclosure to the post.

  • keith prothero

    Fair enough :) look forward to trying it.

  • Robert Jones

    Superb, transparent wine, fit & lean – one of the top wines along with the David Grenache, Mullineux Cinsault and Keermont Steepside Syrah. Did you taste the brilliant Lismore Syrah from Greyton and the Sparkling Chenin from Filia?

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