Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014
Dark ruby in appearance, with bright plummy hues. The nose shows spicy aromatics of cedar wood, anise and pencil shavings punctuated by intense cassis and mulberry notes. The palate is firm with a chalky tannin structure and pronounced savory character. Subtle oak flavors perfume the palate providing balanced tone and length.
Wine Spectator - "Dark and muscular, with layers of fig, blackberry and black currant paste offset by espresso, bittersweet cocoa and smoldering tobacco notes. Fleshy and dense on the finish, but well-defined, with a backdrop of singed cedar and bay leaf. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2020."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Faithful Hound, which was overseen by Adam Mason rather than Richard Kershaw, is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. It has a refined bouquet with dusky blackberry and raspberry fruit interlaced with mocha and undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied with a savory opening."
Widely recognized as one of South Africa's most iconic producers, Mulderbosch is well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rose and its Bordeaux blend - The Faithful Hound - and is located east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch Hills. Stellenboxch has a Mediterranean climate that is largely impacted by the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with long, warm summers and cool windy afternoons. Recently acquired by Charles Banks, an American, Mulderbosch has entered an exciting new era of quality. A newly-assembled team promises to re-introduce wine lovers to the many charms of this approachable, easy-drinking, collection of affordable, fun wines. South Africa provokes an unbelieveable platform for making some of the best white wine values in the world. View all Mulderbosch 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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.3 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 4 with reviewsMike H. - Harrisburg, IL55/9/2016William Marting - Akron, OH51/14/2015
Very well-balanced, nice fruit nose and flavors. An excellent value.Zardan - Akron, OH41/1/2015
- Smooth & Supple
Excellent Bordeaux Blend for the money! More fruit forward than most French versions & a bit more spicy than most US versions. A cool in between old/new world in style.I found it complex, well balanced, good with food & good just to drink on it's own. Bought a case, would buy more.Canon John 3 - Bloomfield, CT58/5/2014
- Smooth & Supple
First tasted this wine at Disney's South Africa restaurant in Orlando. This latest vintage is classic South Africa wine making. It is unique and wonderful.bonalex0531 - Beaufort, SC36/21/2014
- Big & Bold
okay, but found it too fruity for my taste
- Light & Fruity