2014 Savage Follow the Line
This was the most eye opening wine I tasted last year and has opened my mind to the weird and wonderful world of new-wave South African wine. This is made by Duncan Savage who has just made the jump for working for a Cape Point to working for himself… or as he says it “officially unemployed”. The wine is a Cinsault blend but has the weight and slipperiness of a really beautiful Pinot Noir - think Volnay. The wine is spicy, intense and has amazing presence but also stands on tiptoes. The wine has a lovely freshness and is far too drinkable.
Greg Sherwood MW describes it thus, giving the wine an epic score of 95/100: "The maiden release Follow the Line 2014 is a blend of 58% Cinsaut, 21% Grenache and 21% Syrah. This wine is brimming with energy and the ultra-bright, vibrant, translucent ruby red colour gives you an idea of what's to follow in the glass... On the nose, there is plenty of smoky, spicy, savoury red berry fruits, red apple skins, pot pouri, rose petal fragrance and red cherries with a most wonderful mineral undertone of dusty grey slate and crushed granite... While the palate is sleek and elegantly textured with polished mineral tannins, it's also taught, ultra-pure, and electrically fresh. This is a blend made in heaven. The taught fresh cherry and tart red berry fruited Cinsaut is complemented by the fleshy raspberry compote and plum spice of the Grenache, while the Syrah adds savoury muscle and shape. Expertly crafted, this wine really bares its soul. I predict a massive cult following for this stunning wine from the outset. Drink now to 2025."
Here is Duncan talking to Jamie Goode and telling his story: