HARVEST &VINTAGE NOTES
The majority of the grapes for this wine are sourced from Malgas near Swellendam hence the name, Are We There Yet. The vineyard belongs to David Trafford and is planted to a number of interesting varieties. The vines are planted as bush vines on an incredibly rocky soil in a harsh environment. Oom Dawie has been kind enough to sell me some grapes. It has been fantastic working with the team at Sijjn.
“Starting with small amounts blended into his Savage red, this new expression is a bold blend, made primarily of Touriga Nacional, the dominant variety of the Douro Valley in Portugal. Its is a big bold red that shows a heady, lifted nose of violets, earthy mulberry, red currants, liquorice, and macerated damson plums, with complexing notes of tannery leather, sappy hedgerow, and sweet cedar and clove spice.
Despite the opulent, seductive, confit fruit notes, there is a dusty, crushed grey slate mineral vein that starts on the nose and continues right through the palate. Full and fleshy, the Touriga Nacional from Malgas is supple, opulent and sweetly fruited. The Cinsaut lends both an exotic, marzipan and violet fragrant lift, but more importantly adds freshness and extra acidity cut. An intriguing wine from a very warm, dry vintage, this wine could become the natural counter-foil to the Savage Follow the Line and its crunchy, nervy energy. Drink now to 2026.”
WINEMAKER: Duncan Savage
GRAPES: 85% Touriga Nacional, 8% Cinsaut, 7% Grenache
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.9 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.3 g/l
TOTAL SULPHUR: 100 mg/l
92+/100 Greg Sherwood MW