Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Ageing: 18 months in 60% new, 40% 2nd fill French oak
Maturation: up to 10 years from date of vintage
54% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
8% Cabernet Franc
The grapes were handpicked and crushed into stainless steel fermenters where the must was cold soaked overnight and allowed to begin fermentation spontaneously. The mash was then inoculated with a variety of cultured yeasts. The wine fermented dry on the skins, was pressed and underwent malolactic fermentation in tank at 23 – 28°C before being blended and racked to barrel for maturation. A light fining and filtration was applied just before bottling.
Pair with: Game birds; Lamb; steaks; cream based pastas.
With its deep, dark colour and seductive, spicy aromas, the 2009 Faithful Hound is a fine example of the blended claret style of wine. Aromas of bold ripe blackberries, cinnamon spice and light touches of peppermint characterize the nose. The entry is full and round, building to a bold core which tapers off to a subtle, lengthy finish. Savoury flavours of graphite, forest floor and cured ham are well balanced by a lively red berry freshness.