Cape Hunting Red Blend, Madach 2014


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s):Pinotage 59% | Grenache 24% | Mourvedre 12% | Shiraz 5%
Analysis: Alc: 13.69% | R.S: 2.1g/l | T.A: 5.9g/l | Ph: 3.53

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

This finessed red will partner well with modern fusion cooking. The wine is best paired with Beef or lamb dishes such as Thai style red beef curry or a nice South African lamb bobotie

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.