Cape Hunting Red Blend, Madach 2008


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 58% | Pinotage 19% | Mourvedre 12% | Grenache 6% | Merlot 5%
Analysis: Alc: 13.7% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 6.2g/l | Ph: 3.65

Awards & accolades

  • Commendation – Decanter World Wine Awards 2011
  • 86 points – Robert Parker
  • 3 stars – Platter 2011

The story of this wine

Madach is the colloquial word used 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.

Tasting notes

A bright fruit packed, medium bodied spicy blend with good balance and a long finish.

Food suggestions

I recommend the wine with full flavoured lamb, chicken and pork dishes such as linguine with prawns, garlic, cherry tomatoes and fennel, or with grilled lamb chops with black olive butter. The wine is great with chicken or pork liver pâté and cold meats such as salami.

The vineyard

Grapes are sourced from a number of different vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Malmesbury.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked into small baskets and taken to the cellar at Solms Delta. Grapes were all hand sorted and crushed into small open fermenters. 2 - 3 light punch downs per day were employed during fermentation. Approx 50% of the wine was matured in tank with oak staves, and the balance in small oak barrels. 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.

The wine spent seven months in barrels and tank and was bottled on September 22nd 2008.  15000 bottles have been produced.