Savage Wines, a new star in the South African wine scene

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Savage Wines, a new star in the South African wine scene

I’ve got to know Duncan Savage a bit over the last few years. He’s the winemaker at Cape Point wines, where he has been doing superb work for quite a while, fashioning incredible white wines from some striking vineyards.

Now he’s launching his own label, known simply as Savage Wines. It’s a great releif to me that the wines are totally brilliant, because it’s never easy giving a mate a duff review!

Savage Red 2011
A blend of 72% Shiraz, 21% Grenache, 7%Cinsaut. Maritime and altitude fruit from a number of different sites, and under 13% alcohol. Amazing aromatics: fine cherries, pepper, spice. Very pure and elegant on the palate with silky texture. A lighter, more elegant red with an amazing mouthfeel and peppery finesse. 94/100

Savage White 2012
Maiden release from high-altitude vineyards near Villiersdorp. 70% Sauvignon/30% Semillon, fermented and aged in 100% French oak (500 and 600 litre barrels) for 10 months, 25%new, remainder 2nd and 3rd fill. Very fresh with grapefruit, spice and fennel notes. Fine with real sophistication and amazing precision. Currently taut and backward but with amazing potential for development. 94/100

Official launch is 17 April. Duncan is currently thinking about UK representation.

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7 thoughts on “Savage Wines, a new star in the South African wine scene

  1. I will love to buy some of the new Savage wines, would really appreciate if you let me know where to contact Duncan savage offices, by the way I’m from Mexico City, so, your help/comments will be much appreciated…


  2. Hi Lisa and Carlos.
    Duncan Savage is still with Cape Point Vineyards as well as making SAVAGE WINES in his private capacity. Please contact us directly at for more information.

  3. Hi Duncan,

    Thank you for the invite to the SAVAGE wine launch. Well done two great tasting wines….Chris & Merrill Haley

  4. From London, bought Savage Red for Christmas dinner on the advice of Hedonism Wines, Mayfair it was fantastic! Just under £30 a bottle.

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