Stellenbosch, South Africa
32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot
The 2015 vintage needs no introduction having been widely hailed as one of the best in living memory. The wine has a deep, brooding color 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 flavors 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 flavor 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.