2015 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red Blend

Year: 2015
Appellation: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"A smoldering bay leaf accent leads off, followed by a core of cherry paste and black currant preserves that melds steadily with tobacco, sanguine and cedar notes through the focused finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 7,000 cases made, 2,200 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The 2015 Faithful Hound is a blend of 32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. The nose begins with ripe, dark fruits and tones of chocolate and dusty purple flowers. The full-bodied palate is structured, with ripe blackberries, plums, dark cherry and soft chocolate tones on the satisfying finish. 8,000 cases were made." (WA)

"The 2015 Faithful Hound was matured 30% in new French oak barriques, the remainder in second- and third-fill French oak barriques. It has a ripe, earthy, blackberry and briar bouquet with hints of powdery dark chocolate and damp clay. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, that dark chocolate on the nose infusing the black dusky fruit. Missing just a little detail toward the finish but impressive in terms of length. Give this a couple of years in bottle." (VM)

"Plummy and very fruity on the nose, showing chocolate and smoke. Full-bodied with soft tannins and a fruit-forward finish. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The 2015 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. Robust enough to be enjoyed on its own, or as an accompaniment to a fine cigar, the 2015 Faithful Hound will reward pairing with venison dishes and rustic fare.