Peloton Rouge 2018


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 47%, Carignan 22%, Tempranillo 16%, Durif 12%, Grenache 3%
Analysis: Alc: 13.59% | R.S: 2.9 g/l | T.A: 5.7g/l | pH: 3.54

The story of this wine

At Painted Wolf Wines, we celebrate and help conserve the endangered African wild dog, our most charismatic predator. Wild dogs and cyclists have much in common:  individual prowess, teamwork, energy, camaraderie and a never give-up attitude. Jeremy is an enthusiastic cyclist and has used this passion as an additional way to raise funds for conservation. He has organised rides through some of the remaining pockets of wilderness inhabited by wild dogs as well as sponsoring major cycling events like the Tour de Tuli, which benefits the Children in the Wilderness charity.

Tasting notes

Sweet cherries, vanilla, and subtle tobacco on the nose. Layers of fresh fruit are complemented by savoury notes on the palate. This is a rich, complex wine with silky tannins and a lingering finish.

The vineyard

Pinotage – Swartland; Leeuwenkuil

Carignan – Wellington, 45 year-old vines

Tempranillo & Durif – Franschhoek

Grenache - Leeuwenkuil

Winemaking

Harvest date: Pinotage – end Jan 2018; Carignan – early March; Tempranillo & Durif – mid-March; Grenache – various.

Fermentation: Mostly in small, open fermenters, regular punch downs.

Maturation: Carignan – flex cubes, French oak staves (with toasting for Rhone varietals); Durif – 100% new oak barrels; Tempranillo – mixed age oak barrels; Grenache - older oak barrels.

Ageing potential

This wine tastes great now and will improve with over time. For best results, age for a minimum of five years from vintage.