Painted Wolf Red Cape Blend 2007
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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.
Wine Spectator - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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. "
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
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Painted Wolf Winery
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 market. He set out to develop a company and wine brand which has a fresh different approach.
Our goal was to bring together our own Painted Wolf pack. We sought out a group of individuals who would be able to bring the best available technical and practical skills to Painted Wolf, as well as providing funding to get the business going. By harnessing the energy and expertise of a number of talented individuals we plan to create a company which will not only make delicious wines, but which will be socially and environmentally responsible, nimble, effective and most importantly fun and rewarding to work for and to be associated with. The basic ethos of Painted Wolf is team work, persistence and a driving ambition to be remarkable in everything we do. Our mantra is "remarkably persistent, persistently remarkable"
The company is very young , and there is much to do to before we can even closely reach our goals. We plan to enrol support and comment from other people as we go about developing Painted Wolf, with plans to develop an extensive global pack of Painted Wolf wine lovers and conservation crazy individuals. Partners in all key wine markets will be brought on board. The key element reason for PAINTED WOLF is our support for the conservation of African Wild Dogs, and interest in other conservation. We will make delicious wines, the enjoyment of which will draw people into exploring our web site and our conservation world.
Jeremy and Emma Borg have a long association with some of Southern African most respected conservation figures, and through this association will develop the ties needed to give the project a high level of interest and credibility. View all Painted Wolf Wines
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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 control over wines and vineyards until the late 1980's. Now, with a bit more competition, quality is coming around. Yet, South African wine was not even seen in American wine stores until the mid-1990's – the trade embargo on the country for their racial apartheid laws kept South African wine out of the US. When apartheid fell, so did the embargo, and SA bottles began showing up on US shelves.
White wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, much of it the Steen variety – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape gaining some raves is Sauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends was once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, which used to be a grape only your mother could love, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. The most popular regions of the country include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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Notable FactsWhite wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, the majority of it is Steen – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape the critics rave aboutSauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends were once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, a man-made crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. In describing red wines in South Africa, smoky and meaty are two terms that are common. Regionally, the most popular wine-making areas include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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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.MOMark - Hazelwood, MO56/15/2011
- Smooth & Supple
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.
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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