Black Pack Shiraz 2009


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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 91% | Mourvedre 9%
Analysis: Alc: 13.66% | R.S: 2.4g/l | T.A: 5.9g/l | Ph: 3.62

Awards & accolades

British Airways Comair Trophy – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards 201288 points – Wine AdvocateBronze medal – International Wine Challenge 20114 stars – Platter 2011

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

A harmonious medium bodied wine with juicy red fruit, crushed black pepper and aromatic wood aromas which follow to a well balanced wine with a long finish. The wine has enough acid and grippy tannin to allow for bottle aging for a number year.

Food suggestions

The use of wild Yeast and barrel fermention for this wine has yielded a Chenin is a both sleek and complex, suitable for country cooking with a French flair.

The vineyard

Shiraz grapes were sourced from the three vineyards owned by our shareholder pack members, Kasteelsig in Malmesbury, Devon Rocks in Stellenbosch and Southern Cross in Paarl. These are mostly unirrigated sites. Vines are between 8 and 25 years old and yields are between 7 and 9 tons to the hectare.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked in February and March 2010 and taken to our cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. The bulk of the wine fermented in small open bins and hand punched 4 times a day. A portion was fermented in tank. Both wild and commercial yeasts have been used. Approximately 70% of the wine matured in French and US 300 litre barrels and the remaining portion in tank on a 50/50 blend of long traditional toast French and American staves.  The wine bottled in December 2010.A small quantity of Mourvedre (9%) has been blended with the wine.10500 bottles have been produced. The wine is bottled with a natural cork.

Ageing potential

Drinking well now, but will definitely benefit from a number of years of bottle maturation

THE DEN

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.

PELOTON

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.

THE PACK

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

PICTUS

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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