A crowd pleasing medium to full-bodied wine with typical Cab flavours of red and black berries and cigar box augmented by toasty oak. The wine has a lovely rich mid-mouth texture, a long, fruit-driven finish with fresh acid and evident tannins which will soften with a little bottle age.
86 points Wine Advocate
3 stars John Platter Guide
Excellent with a large variety of dishes, especially steaks, chops, home-made burgers, sticky roast pork belly and lasagne.
Painted Wolf Wines supports the conservation of the highly endangered painted wolf (African wild dog) and the protection of the diminishing wild spaces of Africa, through its donations to the EWT (www.ewt.org.za) and Tusk (www.tusk.org).
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested from Leeuwenkuil’s vineyards in the Bottelary area of Stellenbosch as well as Agter Paarl and the Swartland. Various clones were selected to add complexity and give a combination of rich berry fruit as well as traditional herbal notes to the wine. The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for 4-6 days and then fermented with Bordeaux yeast strains in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves. Following that the wine underwent malolactic fermentation inn those tanks and was settled on staves for just over 4 months. Minimal filtration and a light fining helped to ensure that the wine was not stripped of its character. 36,000 bottles were produced.