The Wine: A rich harmonious medium to full bodied wine with juicy dark berry fruit, savoury smoked ham, all spice and aromatic wood aromas. The wine has a coating mid palate and a long finish. The acid is bright, and the tannins are ripe and present.
Food Pairing: A savoury and spicy wine which is great with French country dishes such as cassoulet or a beef daube Provençal. It is also delicious with grilled regional sausages like Toulouse sausages. Amazing with simply prepared dry-aged rump or ribeye steak, seasoned with a little sea salt and crushed black pepper, served with a few sautéed mushrooms, ideally cep or porcini, and a dash of the best extra virgin olive oil.
Grape: Syrah 100%
Producer: Painted wolf Wines
Winemaker : Jeremy Borg
Wine Region: Paarl
At a Glance: ABV: 13.76% RS : 2.8 g/l PH : 3.51 TA : 5.7 g/l
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Cork
4 stars – PlatterBronze,
88 points – Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Ageing: This Syrah is drinking well now and will improve in the bottle till 2022 and beyond.
In the Vineyard: Our partner Billy Hughes grows organic grapes at Kasteelsig vineyard in the Swartland region. The grapes are dry farmed. Soil in the vineyard is primarily Glenrosa, a composite soil of decomposed shale with a little granite. Vines are 14 years old and the yield in 2015 was around 6 tons to the hectare.
In the cellar: The fruit was harvested at around 24 balling, pressed and settled before being fermented in barrel with natural wild yeast. The barrels used are large 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. Fermentation was very slow.