2020 Painted Wolf Black Tip Mourvédre

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2020 Painted Wolf Black Tip Mourvédre

This brooding, delicious wine is named for Black Tip, the incredible alpha female of the Nkakasanda pack of Painted Wolves in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. She was immortalised in the BBC documentary series ‘Dynasties.

Only 2,800 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

Nose

Rich black fruit, smoky oak and a touch of leather on the nose.

Palate

On the palate this wine is silky smooth with fine tannins and fresh acidity.  

2020 Painted Wolf Black Tip Mourvédre

Background

The Vineyards

The grapes are from Kasteelsig vineyard, owned by Billy (Guillermo) Hughes, and are organically certified. Soil is red Glenrosa with some Oakleaf – shale-rich duplex soils. The vineyards are not irrigated.  

Winemaking

The grapes were fermented with natural yeast in open tanks and a small, manually-rotating steel tank (20% whole-bunches). Malolactic conversion and maturation took place in small French and American oak barrels (20% new) for 8 months.  Total production 2,800 bottles. 

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.  

Awards

  • 2020 Painted Wolf wins trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall at 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
  • Bronze at the 2023 IWC
  • Double Silver at the NWC
  • 4.5 starts Platters Guide

Specifications

Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Mourvèdre 85%, Syrah 15% 
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14.22% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 10.7 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential

This wine is delicious now but will continue to develop over ten years from vintage. 

Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches

Try with braised beef shanks, sweet and sour pork, wild mushroom risotto or Mexican-style ostrich in mole, melted cheese toastie or salt-baked Gruyere

Appellation W.O. Swartland