Cape Hunting Red Blend, Madach (Jemma) 2009


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 40% | Shiraz 24% | Merlot 23 % | Grenache 7% | Mourvedre 6%
Analysis: Alc: 14.5% | R.S: 4.5g/l | T.A: 6.29g/l | Ph: 3.55

Awards & accolades

  • 4 stars and top non-Bordeaux blend from South Africa – Wine State
  • 3.5 stars – Platter 2011
  • Bronze medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012
  • Top 5 – Perold Absa Cape Blends 2014

The story of this wine

Madach is the slang used over the radio and in general conversation 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. This wine is presented in some markets as Jemma Red. The ink drawing of a wild dog on the label was drawn by our good friend Jenny Metelerkamp.

Tasting notes

A bright fruit packed. Full 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 our painted Wolf pack vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Malmesbury.

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. 2 -3 light punch downs per day were employed during fermentation. Approx 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.

Ageing potential

This wine will improve by further bottle age for two of three years