A tasty Bordeaux style blend from South Africa, the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound.
A blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, 17% Malbec and 11% Petit Verdot from Stellenbosch, South Africa. The wine spends 16 months in French oak barriques, 30% of which were new, and has just 1.1 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound red blend has an SRP of $25 and is available for as low as $17. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. It is imported by Third Leaf Wines.
The 2016 vintage needs no introduction having been widely hailed as one of the best in living memory. The wine has a deep, brooding colour with a dark core and a deep mahogany rim. The first nose greets with ripe brambles, touches of cassis and subtle oak-spice. It is generous and inviting, but there’s also a subtle nod to classic restraint in aromas of leafy tobacco and freshly turned earth. With each sip, richly textured flavours of Christmas pudding and ripe plums course the palate. Offset by sweetly infused Jamon-Iberico notes this is a layered and complex wine, unveiling successive waves of flavour as it evolves.
Made, Matured and Bottled by Mulderbosch Vineyards
The 2016 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound begins with lots of cola and baking spice mixed in with dark berry fruit aromas. It's quite inviting after it has some time to open up.
The wine tastes soft and savory in the mouth with similar flavors to the nose plus an earthy streak throughout. Touches of coffee and tobacco lead into the long, dry finish.
It's solid and quite tasty but was hoping for just a bit more complexity to be honest.
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