Swartland Merlot 2009

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W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Merlot 100%
Analysis: Alc: 14.63% | R.S: 2.3g/l | T.A: 6.7g/l | Ph: 3.56

Awards & accolades

Bronze medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 201187 points – Robert ParkerSilver medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 20113 stars – Platter 2011

The story of this wine

We share our wine making equipment with Leeuwenkuil Family vineyards in their artisanal cellar. Through this relationship we have access to a number of the best vineyards in Paarl and the Swartland and these Chenin Blanc grapes from 30 year old vines.

Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyd’s camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo and the pack labels.

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 an exotic lamb or duck dish to prepare.

The vineyard

Merlot grapes were sourced from Kasteelsig, a well known organically farmed, dry land vineyard in Malmsbury, owned by Painted Wolf pack members Billy and Penny Hughes. Yields are approximately 6.5 tonnes to the hectare.


The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the 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.  Some bins were fermented with natural yeasts, whilst others a number of commercial yeast strains. When the wine was totally dry, we pressed the wine into a mixture of new and used French, American and European oak barrels where the wine has undergone malolactic fermentation.  Approximately 20% of the wood is new.  The wine has spent 15 months in barrels and was bottled in September 2010 with natural cork,

Ageing potential

This wine will improve with some bottle age and should peak around 2014 to 2015.


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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