Painted Wolf Peloton Rouge 2009
Winery Location: Paarl
Winemaker: Jeremy Borg
Background: Painted Wolf owners Jeremy and Emma Borg have two passions: wine and nature. Of course, both go hand-in-hand, but in Jeremy and Emma’s case the nature side concentrates on their enthusiasm and love for the rare African Wild Dog also known as the “Painted Wolf” which is the name for their fruitful wine business. Last week saw their Painted Wolf Peloton Rouge 2009 come in the top five at the Perold Absa Cape Blend Wine Competition. To be able to enter the competition, at least 30 percent of the final blend – but not more than 70 percent – has to be Pinotage. The Rouge 2009 is a blend of 40 percent Pinotage followed by Shiraz, Merlot, Grenache and Mourvedre. Named Peloton after Jeremy’s love for mountain biking which he believes has a lot in common with wild dogs as they both require stamina, persistence and balance plus teamwork for success. From each bottle sold a donation is given to the Pedals 4 Paws wilderness cycle adventures to help raise money for the conservation of the wild dog. Result: Bright plum, cassis and subtle oak touches. This wine is youthful with firm but accessible tannins which takes you to a generous silky finish.
When to drink: Now until 2017 Drink with what: Braised shoulder of lamb with smoked aubergine and turmeric mash.
Expect to pay: R99.50 To order this wine, email Wine Concepts