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Savage Wines

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Duncan Savage made stunning whites for years & now making really exciting reds in addition.

Duncan's wines are indeed Savage as we in Ireland would say.

Duncan Savage was the creator of the glorious white wines at Cape Point Vineyards since 2002 until he resigned in 2016 to concentrate full-time of his own 'Savage' label. The maiden 2011 vintage of his Savage Red was introduced to us by sommelier Joakim Hansi Blackadder in September 2013 and needless to say, we were blown away by it. Duncan gets his grapes from a variety of critically selected vineyards, particularly those in windswept maritime and high altitude locations. We have been working with Duncan since the 2013 vintage and what a privlege it has been. Apart from a glorious Savage White in 2014, Duncan has added two additional red wines to his portfolio.  Follow the Line, already a cult wine is  very exciting Cinsaut led blend while tiny quantities of a straight Syrah grown close to his home at Cape Point where the wind certainly blows and cools. Rumours of a new red about to be released.

Apart from his lovely wife Zani and their gorgeous two girls and his winemaking, I nearly forgot to mention another major part of Duncan’s life - he is a real surf dude. He came to Ireland for some events last October and carried his surf board all the way from South Africa to Ireland via several stops around Europe 'because we have the best surf beaches' - he spent a day in Easkey before heading back to the Cape that night.

As well as excelling at everything he does, Duncan is one heck of a nice guy who loves fun, is great company and a real pleasure and privilege to work with.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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