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Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah 2015


About this Wine

The Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah 2015 offers a deep dive into the distinctive personality of South African Syrah. This red wine encapsulates the terroir of the Swartland region, renowned for its ability to produce robust and aromatic Syrah. These Syrah grapes grow in the dry, low-yielding soils of the Swartland region, blanketed by the warm South African sun and tempered by the cool Atlantic winds, yield low quantities of Syrah grapes with concentrated flavors. Each grape is carefully hand-harvested to preserve its quality and character, leading to a wine that is a true reflection of its terroir. Named after the African wild dogs, or Painted Wolves, our winery emphasizes unity, cooperation, and sustainable practices, mirroring the values of these fascinating creatures. These unique conditions allow us to create a wine that expresses the best of its terroir, melding traditional winemaking techniques with modern innovation. The Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah 2015 is more than just a wine. It’s a celebration of the unique terroir of the Swartland region, a commitment to sustainable winemaking, and a contribution to the conservation of Africa’s unique wildlife.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
  • Vineyard Location: Swartland, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable farming methods
  • Harvesting: Hand-picked at optimal ripeness
  • Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control
  • Oak Aging: Aged in French oak barrels for a period of time to enhance complexity
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottling: Bottled at the winery to maintain quality and consistency

Scores & Reviews

  • 4 stars – Platter
  • Bronze, 88 points – Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

Tasting Notes

Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah 2015 is a wine that commands attention from the first sip. It is a definitive expression of the terroir-driven character and vibrancy of South African Syrah. On the nose, it unfolds with complex aromas of black cherries, dark chocolate, and spicy black pepper, intertwined with subtle hints of earthy olive and delicate violets. As you take your first sip, you are greeted by a rich tapestry of flavors. Dominant notes of juicy dark fruit harmonize with nuances of sweet spice, dark chocolate, and a hint of savory olive. The tannins are smooth and well-integrated, giving the wine a full-bodied texture that complements its vibrant fruit and spice characteristics. The finish is long and satisfying, echoing the complex flavors and leaving a lingering impression of the wine’s elegance and depth. This wine pairs beautifully with hearty dishes, grilled meats, and rich cheeses, making it a versatile companion for a variety of meals.


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