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Duncan Savage, Not Tonight Josephine, 2022

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Luscious, Tarte Tatin, Ripe Peach

Western Cape / Sweet / Chenin Blanc / Organic, Biodynamic

Farming

Organic/Biodynamic

Producer

Duncan Savage

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Wine Type

Sweet

Country

South Africa

Region

Western Cape

Vintage

2022

Alcohol

13%

Size

75cl

 

Crafted from Chenin Blanc vines trained on a trellis at an elevation of 770m above sea level. Made as a straw wine from Tierhoek's grapes in one of the coolest parts of Piekenierskloof, the grapes are sun-dried and foot-stomped for a full week. Fermentation takes place over the course of a year in both old 225L French oak barrels and glass demijohn. 280 grams of residual sugar balanced with bracing acidity. Simply one of the best sweet wines to come out of South Africa. Miniscule production

Notes on the producer

 It was this surfer-turned winemaking maestro who established the stellar, Platter’s Wine Guide-wowing reputation of Cape Point Vineyards. That was until 2016, when he boldly struck out alone to make the wines he always wanted to.

Throughout his time at Cape Point, Duncan grew to understand coastal sites, and has continued to seek out maritime and high elevation sites across the Western Cape. Some of his sites can be rather surprising - his Syrah parcel that goes in to the Girl Next Door was only planted on a local residential estate for decorative purposes - a bit of flora between the houses., and yet it's one of SA's most sought-after wines! And then there's the Piekenierskloof Grenache that goes into Thief in the Night, the very same vineyard that goes into Eben Sadie's Soldaat.

Duncan Savage is the most awarded winemaker in South Africa for the Sauvignon Blanc (and Semillon) variety.  He's also regarded by peers as the best there is with the grape. Even Eben Sadie shares this view.  He learned from the legend, Didier Dagueneau, who took Pouilly-Fume to new heights, and honed his techniques at Cape Point, for whom he made Platter 5-star wine after Platter five-star wine, and which he left in 2016 to concentrate on his own range, Savage Wines. They are now one of the most sought after wines in South Africa.

The wines may be Savage by name but they are anything but savage in character: poise, purity and elegance are the bywords here. 

 

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