Black Pack Merlot 2011

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W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Merlot 100%
Analysis: Alc: 14.65% | R.S: 2.5g/l | T.A: 5.5g/l | Ph: 3.56

Awards & accolades

3.5 stars – PlatterCommendation – International Wine Challenge 20134 stars and investment choice – Classic Wine magazine

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

An intense, individual wine brimming with flavours of velvety ripe plum, chocolate and violets with a silky mid palate and a long finish

Food suggestions

This aromatic and individual wine needs inventive food to pair with. Get out your favourite cook book and find a nice exotic lamb or duck dish.

The vineyard

Merlot grapes were sourced from Kasteelsig, a well known dry land organically farmed vineyard in Malmesbury owned by Painted Wolf pack member Billy Hughes. Yields are approximately 6.5tons to the hectare.


The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to our cellar in Stellenbosch where they were destalked and gently crushed. The wine fermented in small open bins and was hand punched 4 times a day. We fermented with natural and commercial yeasts. When totally dry it was pressed into a mixture of new 80% and used 20% mostly French barrels to complete malolactic.  The wine spent 14 months in barrels and was bottled May 2012. 6500 bottles have been produced

Ageing potential

This wine will improve with bottle age and should peak round 2015 to 2017.


A social wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Named for THE DEN, the heart of the Wild Dog community. Flavour packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.


A pack of Wild Dogs and a pack of cyclists share the same goal. Whether it is food for the pack or the end of a long road, what remains is the bond between pack members and the ability to unwind and enjoy the company. Company made all the more enjoyable by sharing a good wine, a love of wide open spaces and the Wild Dogs who roam them.


High quality wines carefully hand crafted from our 3 Pack members’ grapes including a number of single vineyard wines named after the vineyard owners.


Named after Lycaon Pictus, the scientific name for Painted Wolf. Each edition of this deluxe Rhone style blend is as rare and beautiful as the Wild Dogs we support. Each year we choose a painting from one of our pack artists to feature on the label and each year we match estimated Wild Dog numbers with the number of bottle we produce. In most cases, the original painting is sold at auction with proceeds donated to wild dog research and conservation.

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