2017 Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah

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2017 Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah

Tasting Notes


A full-bodied, spicy Syrah with fresh red fruit and intriguing savoury notes.


Entry has lovely red fruit notes of dates and prunes. Mid-palate has more savoury sweet spice notes of cloves and star anise. Well-balanced acidity and tannins lend richness to the wine.


A lingering, complex finish, with subtle earthy and oak spice notes.

Swartland Syrah


The Vineyards

Our partner Billy Hughes grows organic grapes at Kasteelsig vineyard in the Swartland region. The grapes are dry farmed. Soil in the vineyard is primarily Glenrosa, a composite soil of decomposed shale with a little granite. Vines are 14 years old and the yield in 2015 was around 6 tons to the hectare.


The grapes were handpicked over a few days in late February 2013 into small baskets and taken to our cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. We fermented the Syrah in small open bins where it was hand punched four times a day. We prefer the native yeast from the vineyard. The wine matured in French and Hungarian oak for a total of 20 months. We filled 10051 bottles.


  • Platter’s Wine Guide 2020: 4 stars


Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Shiraz / Syrah
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.76% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 10.3 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential

This Syrah is drinking well now but will improve in the bottle till 2022 and beyond.

Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches

A savoury and spicy wine which is great with French country dishes such as Cassoulet or a Beef Daube Provencal. It is also delicious with grilled regional sausages like Toulouse sausages. Amazing with simply prepared dry-aged rump or ribeye steak, seasoned with a little sea salt and crushed black pepper, served with a few sautéed mushrooms, ideally cepes or porcinis and a dash of the best extra virgin olive oil.

Appellation W.O. Swartland