2014 Faithful Hound, Mulderbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The wine’s appearance is marked by a vibrant, dense and purple hue. The nose exhibits berry fruit aromas of mulberries and blueberries, subtly framed by vanilla spice and earthy notes.
Gentle structure and finesse combine to make the 2014 so attractive. It has good weight and richness, with layers of flavour, yet there is a really classic element to the fine grained tannins, providing a moreish, savoury finish.
The Mulderbosch vineyards are found in the Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch. The Cape Winelands already have an almost Mediterranean climate, with dramatic temperature changes between winter and summer, day and night, and gentle sea breezes. The periods of cooling help preserve acidity and aromatics. Koelenhof has an additional wind tunnel effect, which increases the cooling of the vines during long, hot summers. Mulderbosch has acquired vineyards in Franschhoek and elsewhere across the Cape Winelands and, thanks to these, has a second label, Faithful Hound, producing Bordeaux-style blends, which the terroir lends itself to. This red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.