Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2009
Pinotage from South Africa
An intense, rich wine packed with flavors of ripe blueberry, mulberry and mocha, exotic spice and creamy vanilla with evident ripe tannins and a long lingering finish.
Guillermo Pinotage is a great partner spicy savory Mexican and south western dishes, such as carne asada, birria, bbq Texas hot links or brisket. It is also delicious with Indian dishes such as Lamb Rogan Josh or Biriyani.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Dark berries, pepper, meat and smoke on the nose, with a spicy lift. A supple and rather restrained style of pinotage , with a firm edge of acids and tannins framing the flavors of crushed berries, plum and peppery spices. Finishes with decent length. "
Wine Spectator - "Friendly, with a juicy core of briar, blackberry and licorice notes that bounce through the medium-weight finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,000 cases made."
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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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.