Black Pack Mourvèdre 2017


W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Mourvèdre 90% | Shiraz 10%
Analysis: Alc: 13.83% | R.S: 2.3g/l | T.A: 5.8g/l | Ph: 3.55

Awards & accolades

  • Trophy for Top Red Niche Variety – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2019
  • Double Gold – National Wine Challenge/Top 100 wines 2019
  • 4.5 stars, 93 points – Platter 2020

The story of this wine

Painted Wolf Black Pack wines are produced in small quantities.

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, finishing the product with a burnt orange capsule.

Tasting notes

A lovely rich mélange of sweet and crunchy dark berry fruit, subtle pepper spice flavours, and aromas harmonized with sweet oak. This is a very elegant wine with a gorgeous silky palate with a fresh long finish

The vineyard

Mourvedre is from Kasteelsig vineyard, owned by Painted Wolf Pack member Billy (Guillermo) Hughes, and are organically certified grapes. Soil is red Glenrosa with some Oakleaf - shale rich duplex soils. The vineyards are not irrigated. Kasteelsig vineyard supplies grapes for some of South Africa’s top boutique wines. Yields are round 4 tons to the hectare in 2017.  The shiraz is off Leeuwenkuil farm and is sustainably farmed.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand-picked into small baskets and taken to the cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. The wine fermented in small open bins with four punch downs a day. When totally dry, we pressed into oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine matured for 14 months in small French oak barrels of which, roughly 30% were new. A small percentage of Shiraz was added to the blend. 2192 bottles were produced.

Ageing potential

This wine should age gracefully and drink well for up to 8 years from vintage.