Black Pack Shiraz 2010


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 96% | Pinotage 4%
Analysis: Alc: 13.66% | R.S: 5.6g/l | T.A: 6.3g/l | Ph: 3.53

Awards & accolades

  • 4 stars – Platter 2012
  • 89+ points – Tanzer
  • Bronze Medal – Veritas2015
  • 88 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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 and balanced full bodied wine with juicy red fruit, savoury smoked ham, crushed white pepper and aromatic wood aromas that 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 of years.

Food suggestions

This robust spicy wine is really good with French country dishes such as Cassoulet or Pork Daube Provencal, and is lovely with grilled regional sausages such as Toulouse or Merguez. Super at a good braai with top grade steak, chops and the very best Boerwors

The vineyard

Grapes were sourced from vineyards owned by our shareholder pack members, Kasteelsig in Malmesbury, Southern Cross in Paarl Simondium and Devon Rocks in Stellenbosch Bottleray. Each site has different terroir bringing a different component to the wine. Vines are between 8 and 26 years old and yields are between 7 and 9 tons to the hectare.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked 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. Both wild and commercial yeast have been used .The wine matured in French, Hungarian and US barrels. The wine was blended in February 2011 and bottled in September 2011. A small quantity of Pinotage (4%) has been blended with the wine. 12000 bottles have been produced.

Ageing potential

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