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Grapes sourced from the Langverwagt farm in Kuils River on the
outskirts of Stellenbosch. Decomposed granite soils overlooking
Table Bay and False Bay, a perfect home for maritime
Stellenbosch Syrah. Three parcels of vines, all trellised but farmed
as a sprawl canopy - a trellised bush vine of sorts. Soils are poor,
vigour is low and grapes are scarce, all a perfect recipe for
classically styled Syrah.
All the fruit is sorted as whole bunches before spontaneous
fermentation in conical foudre and open top fermenters. 30% of the
fruit is fermented as submerged cap with regular aeration, the
balance as a normal fermentation with 2-4 aerated pump overs per
day. 2-3 weeks on skins is followed by basket pressing and aging
in old 500L barrels for 13 months. The wine then spends a further
10 months in foudre prior to bottling.
2021 is a classic vintage. Obviously I’m slightly biased, but I do
feel that this wine may be one of the best Savage Reds we have
made to date. Plums, lavender, cola, violets and the characteristic
Langverwagt white pepper. The palate is taught and focused
compliments of the granitic soil tannin structure and a classic
vintage. A wine that will drink well for the next 10-15 years.