With 14 vintages as winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, Cape Winemakers Guild member Duncan Savage has been at the forefront of producing some of the greatest South African whites – the Cape Point Isleidh, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc’s all come to mind. His skills have been honed to bring us the fourth release of his critically acclaimed, eponymous Savage Wines. The wines have all makings of being cult wines – very limited releases for which a captive audience will pay whatever it costs to get their hands on it. With 2016 his last vintage at Cape Point, Duncan is proud to announce that with the new release of the much anticipated 2015 vintage, Savage Wines now becomes a primary focus.
Having graduated from Elsenburg Agricultural College as top student in 2002, Duncan, a Rondebosch Boys’ old boy, joined Cape Point Vineyards as Winemaker and has since 2004 taken over all Viticultural responsibilities. Duncan, a keen surfer, brings youthful exuberance and an intense passion for vineyards and wine. Travel stints in France, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina has given him a great understanding of what it takes to make world-class wines.
Duncan’s wines have been recognised both locally and internationally, with numerous 5 star ratings in both the Platter’s guide and Wine Magazine, several 90+ Wine Spectator ratings, and the Best Sauvignon Blanc in the world over £10 according to the Decanter World Wine Awards. Cape Point Vineyards has also been recognised as Winery of the Year by the 2008 John Platter Wine Guide, and has given him membership to the Cape Winemakers Guild for his consistent quality.
After 14 vintages at Cape Point Vineyards, Duncan finishes his last vintage for the beautiful Cape property in 2016 to focus on his eponymous own label, which has been lauded by local and international critics as one of the best boutique offerings out of SA, and has all the makings of cult wine.
At Cape Point Vineyards, Duncan produced a consistent run of steely Sauvignon Blancs and dynamic Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blends from the winery’s markedly cool vineyard site. Since debuting with the 2011 vintage, Savage Wines still owns no vineyards and has no winery facility, the project still very much in the start-up phase. But don’t mistake the youth of the project with the impeccable offerings bottled.
With the greater focus that will come from making this project his primary gig, Savage seems poised to oversee one of Cape’s top boutique labels.