Painted Wolf Red Cape Blend 2007
Red Blends from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Painted Wolves have a harmonious and co-operative social structure. This is what was on my mind as I put the components for this blend together. I use the sensitivity to balance I gained cooking in some great restaurants in the San Francisco area to achieve what I hope is a well poised wine. I was looking for a wine with great flavor, a lovely velvety texture, sufficient tannins for the wine to hand together well, and enough acid for it to finish refreshing, and for the drinker to pour another glass.
"Very solid, with layers of silky blackberry, boysenberry and plum sauce flavors enlivened by a tangy minerality. Long and fleshy through the finish, with well-integrated toast. Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot and Mourvèdre."
"Painted Wolf is another new South African project, and while I found their pure Pinotage tasty but (like most) uninspiring, their 2007 Painted Wolf blend of Shiraz and Pinotage, with small additions of Merlot and Mourvedre really engaged my interest and set me salivating. Pungently smoky, peppery, and herbal overtones and a solid black fruit and raw meat base inform a particularly juicy, clear palate. Fine-grained tannins, sappy cassis finishing fruit, and a saline savory side make this impeccably balanced blend especially easy to enjoy. I have no idea what might be its bottle potential, but doubt it was crafted with aging for more than a couple of years in mind.
The Wine Advocate
"This lively blend of Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot and Mourvèdre offers a vibrant nose of allspice, black currant and mocha, followed by poised black fruit, spice and pepper on the palate. Medium-bodied with a fresh, juicy finish."
Earthy & Spicy
Excellent table wine for everyday. The nose is subtle with hints of berries. The taste is not harsh, but not mild. I enjoyed this selection and ordered more.
Smooth & Supple
Fortunately the wine is nowhere near ugly like it's namesake! The 2007 red blend is an interesting blend of Shiraz and Pinotage along with some Merlot and Mourvedre to make this a compelling red blend to battle the summer doldrums. For those unfamiliar, the Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape variety that is a cross between two of the most famous grapes of the Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, that typically has a very smoky, earthy flavor. Combining a grape that is a cross of two historic burgundy grapes with Mourvedre, a grape that produces very high tannin, high alcohol wines in the Rhone Valley of France and Merlot, a primary grape used in many Bordeaux could make this a very interesting wine. The wine exhibits a strong nose of cedar, leather, earth and spice. It's velvety on the tongue, with an interesting taste that at first seems quite dry and then bursts with blackberry and smoky pepper flavors, with solid tannins that lead to a long, smooth finish.
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THE PAINTED WOLF WINE COMPANY is a new South African wine company which over the coming years will develop a fantastic premium wine brand - PAINTED WOLF. Painted Wolf was formed in mid 2007 by Jeremy and Emma Borg. Jeremy, who has had experience working with wine companies and brands in USA, UK and here in South Africa has a keen understanding of both wine production and the...
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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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