The Old Fire Station, Old Market, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Faithful Hound, Mulderbosch Vineyards

Founded in 1989, multi award-winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. They are a WIETA compliant producer, committing to ethical trade and as advocates of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir.

The Faithful Hound is a classic Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Franc 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 22%, Malbec 12%, Petit Verdot 12%. The grapes were meticulously sorted prior to being destemmed. The fermentation process was initiated by naturally occurring yeast, and finished by a selected strain, added during the course of fermentation. Gentle extraction and long maceration time are the hallmarks of the winemaking style, followed by barrel maturation. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new and the remainder in second and third fill.

A classically styled, poised and elegant wine, with brooding earthy aromas, brambly fruit and hints of cocoa, cinnamon and bay leaf. Underpinned by serious structure, the palate unfolds with a core of dense fruit, chocolate and vanilla, textured tannins and a beautifully nuanced finish.

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