Black Pack Shiraz 2009


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 91% | Mourvedre 9%
Analysis: Alc: 13.66% | R.S: 2.4g/l | T.A: 5.9g/l | Ph: 3.62

Awards & accolades

  • British Airways Comair Trophy – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards 2012
  • 88 points – Wine Advocate
  • Bronze medal – International Wine Challenge 2011
  • 4 stars – Platter 2011

The story of this wine

Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyd’s camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo which we adapted to suit this elegant black label and finishing the product with a burnt orange capsule.

Tasting notes

A harmonious 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 year.

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.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked in February and March 2010 and taken to our cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. The bulk of the wine fermented in small open bins and 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 in tank on a 50/50 blend of long traditional toast French and American staves.  The wine bottled in December 2010.A small quantity of Mourvedre (9%) has been blended with the wine.10500 bottles have been produced. The wine is bottled with a natural cork.

Ageing potential

Drinking well now, but will definitely benefit from a number of years of bottle maturation