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The Lion Hound Shiraz 2018

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Residual Sugar: 3.4 g/l
pH: 3.58
RS: 3.4  g/l
Total Acid: 6.0 g/l
Extract: 35.9g/l
Bottled: 22 May 2019
Release Date: July 2019
Bottles: 13000 bottles


Intense notes of juicy dark cherry, cracked black pepper and a hint of liquorice run seamlessly onto a silky midpalate and an elegantly savoury finish.


The North-South facing vineyards used for this expressive and juicy wine are grown in a combination of Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils. The vine shoots are vertically trellised for optimal vine and bunch ripening and irrigation is scheduled according to soil moisture monitoring.


  • The perfectly ripe Shiraz bunches were destemmed and only lightly crushed to prevent any damage to the pips and was fermented in an open top stainless steel fermenter.
  • The fermentation ran at 24-28 degrees Celsius with a commercial yeast strain suited to the variety. A 30% whole berry component ensured gentle extraction during pumpovers which were done 3-4 times daily.
  • The wine was removed from the skins before complete dryness in order to retain softness.
  • After a gentle pressing the wine underwent Malolactic Fermentation. 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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