2009, The Black Pack, Shiraz

Tasting notes

A harmonious and balanced medium bodied wine with juicy red fruit, crushed black pepper and aromatic wood aromas which follow to a well balanced wine with a long finish. The wine has enough acid and grippy tannin to allow for bottle aging for a number years.

The Vineyard

Shiraz grapes were sourced from the three vineyards owned by our shareholder pack members, Kasteelsig in Malmesbury, Devon Rocks in Stellenbosch and Southern Cross in Paarl.These are mostly unirrigated sites. Vines are between 8 and 25 years old and yields are between 7 and 9 tons to the hectare.


The grapes were hand picked in February and March 2010 in small baskets and taken to our cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. The bulk of the wine fermented in small open bins where it was hand punched 4 times a day. A portion was fermented in tank. Both wild and commercial yeasts have been used. Approximately 70% of the wine matured in French and US 300 litre barrels and the remaining portion fermented and matured in tank on a 50/50 blend of long traditional toast French and American staves. The wine was blended in September 2010 and bottled in December 2010. A small quantity of Mourvedre (9%) has been blended with the wine. 10500 bottles have been produced.

Ageing potential

This wine drinks well as a young wine, but will definitely benefit from a number of years of bottle maturation.

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol: 13.66%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.4g/l
  • Total Acid: 5.9g/l
  • Ph: 3.62


95 points and Winner of 2012 British Airways/Comair Trophy for Shiraz
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – First in class
Wine Advocate 88 points
International Wine Challenge 2011 – Bronze medal
John Platter 2011 – 4 stars


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