Cape Hunting Red Blend, Madach 2008

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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 58% | Pinotage 19% | Mourvedre 12% | Grenache 6% | Merlot 5%
Analysis: Alc: 13.7% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 6.2g/l | Ph: 3.65

Awards & accolades

Commendation – Decanter World Wine Awards 201186 points – Robert Parker3 stars – Platter 2011

The story of this wine

Madach is the colloquial word used 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.

Tasting notes

A bright fruit packed, medium 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 a number of different vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Malmesbury.


The grapes were handpicked into small baskets and taken to the cellar at Solms Delta. Grapes were all hand sorted and crushed into small open fermenters. 2 – 3 light punch downs per day were employed during fermentation. Approx 50% of the wine was matured in tank with oak staves, and the balance in small oak barrels. 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.

The wine spent seven months in barrels and tank and was bottled on September 22nd 2008.  15000 bottles have been produced.

Ageing potential

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


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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