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The Lion Hound Red 2018

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Alcohol: 14.0% vol
pH: 3.57
RS: 4.4 g/l
Total Acid: 6.0 g/l
Extract: 36.6 mg/l
Bottled: 21 June 2019
Release Date: Sept 2019
Bottles: 14500 bottles
Origin: Paarl
IPW: Yes

Tasting Notes

An intense, juicy red blend of dark cherries, plum and liquorice with a hint of cigar box and wood spice. The creamy midpalate evolves to a long, savoury finish.


There are 5 varieties used in this blend:

  • Shiraz (44%) / Merlot (24%) / Grenache(12%) / Mourvedre (10%) / Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
  • The North-South facing vineyards used for this wine are grown in a combination of Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils. The vine shoots are vertically positioned on high trellises for optimal vine and bunch ripening and irrigation is scheduled according to soil moisture monitoring.


  • The 5 varieties were destemmed and only lightly crushed to prevent any damage to the pips. They were fermented separately in open top stainless steel fermenters.
  • The fermentation ran at 24-28 degrees Celsius with commercial yeast strains suited to the varieties. A 30% whole berry component ensured gentle extraction during pumpovers which were done 3-4 times daily.
  • The wines were removed from the skins before complete dryness in order to retain softness.
  • All red wines underwent MLF and a portion of the wine was matured on oak staves while the remainder underwent 12 months of ageing in third and fourth fill barrels ensuring good wood/fruit integration.
  • The wine was then blended and lightly filtered shortly before bottling.
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