Madach “Hunting” Red 2014

Madach is the slang used over the radio and in general conversation by game rangers in South Africa’s lowveld, the area in and around the famous Kruger National Park. Painted Wolves are very rare in the Kruger Park, despite years of effort to develop a larger population here. This wine is presented in some markets as Peloton Rouge.

Tasting notes  CHB_Madach_2014_bottle

A bright fruit packed blend, with lots of dark red fruit on the palette and on the nose. Full bodied spicy blend with good balance and a long finish.

The Vineyard

Grapes are sourced mainly from the organically certified Kasteelsig vineyard in the Swartland, supplemented with small quantities of grapes from Leeuwenkuil and Langvlei vineyards which straddle the border of Paarl and the Swartland.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the cellar. Grapes were all hand sorted and crushed into small open fermenters. 4-6 light punch downs per day were employed during fermentation. Approximately 70% of the wine was aged in small oak barrels with the balance in tank with French oak staves. My ambition was to create an energetic wine with a harmonious palate and a good finish, and an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes.

Ageing potential

This wine will improve by further bottle age for two of three years

Blend information

  • Pinotage 59%
  • Grenache 24%
  • Mourvedre 12%
  • Shiraz   5%

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol 13.69%
  • Residual Sugar 2.1g/l
  • Total Acid 5. 9g/l
  • Ph 3.53

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