It’s been a long time coming and widely expected – and now Duncan Savage has finally tendered his resignation to Cape Point Vineyards and will be leaving there in a month or two. He’ll be concentrating on his own Savage Wines label, and also developing some negociant business – and, perhaps even picking up a bit of consultancy work here and there, which, if he wants it, shouldn’t be difficult to find for one of the Cape’s best-reputed winemakers.
In the fourteen vintages Duncan has worked for Cape Point, he’s built its reputation enormously. In fact, it now occurs to me that he’s the only winemaker represented twice in the recent Top 20 South African wineries poll: for Savage Wines (its reputation so high after a mere three vintages) and for Cape Point Vineyards.
He’s a trifle nervous about striking out on his own, he tells me. “It’s been my one and only job after all!” he says; he went directly to Cape Point after leaving Elsenberg. But as well as being among the Cape’s best known winemakers, Duncan’s also among the most-liked, and there will be no shortage of well-wishers.