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Duncan Savage started making his own wine as a side gig in 2011 while he was still the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards. In 2016 he decided to focus on his eponymous brand, Savage wines.
After establishing his own winery, Mr. Savage purchased grapes from maritime and high-altitude sites that he knew well from his experience at Cape Point. He seeks to pick grapes early while they retain bright acidity, using whole clusters when the stalks are ripe, and practicing gentle extraction before aging the grapes in large oak barrels to help retain the individual character of the terroir.
The wines of Savage are characterized by energy, restraint, and structure with very complex aromas and flavors that speak to the balance of nature and nurture.