Old Road Wine Company The Spotted Hound 2018, so good at lunchtime with Alida Ryder’s Crispy bacon brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions…

Old Road Wine Company The Spotted Hound 2018

The Old Road Wine Company, home of The Spotted Hound 2018, tasting room and restaurant is at the start of the Franschhoek village when you approach the town from the West. They have a restaurant there called The Fat Man – also the name of their Pinotage.

The Old Road Wine Company, The Fat Man Restaurant

I have followed this wine over a couple of vintages and each time, the blend changes with each vintage and each time it just becomes tastier, sappier and more refreshing. The 2018 blend consists of Grenache Noir (41%); Carignan (32%); Cinsaut (15%) and Shiraz (12%). The Grenache Noir and Carignan are from the Agter- Paarl, while the Cinsaut is from the Simonsberg area. The Shiraz comes from the Stellenbosch region. The Cinsaut and Grenache are bush vine cultivated. The soils these vineyards grow in are mostly weathered granite, which imparts excellent minerality to the fruit.

The grapes were separately vinified, and the wines matured for 8 months in French Oak Barrels before being prepared for bottling.

Ryan Puttick, Old Road Wine Company Winemaker in Wintertime Vineyards

Ryan Puttick, The Old Road Wine Company Winemaker says of this wine “This unconventional blend is inspired by the dog’s cheeky chutzpah. Bright red cherry in colour and flavours of plums with an earthy minerality makes for endless enjoyment after work, at a steakhouse or around a fire. Chill it or add a block of ice, as we do in summer on the farm.”

Lovely old botanical painting of Carignan, the lead grape in the blend

From a dark green Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a long screw cap in white. The label is elegant and quirky with the cheeky little spotted hound peeping out of the bottom of the label. In the glass, the wine is am translucent black cherry, which pales out to garnet at the edges. The aromas are of bright red fruit, an undertow of sea salt and the spice and vanilla of the oak barrels. The palate is fresh from entry with a golden thread of acidity running through to the long aftertaste. The mid palate is generous and bright fruited. A wine to drink now.

Alida Ryder’s Crispy Bacon Brie grilled Cheese Sandwich with caramelised onions

The Spotted Hound 2018 would like you to chill it for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket. More rewarding drinking. As a food accompaniment it would happily go with a roasted buttered organic chicken. Alida Ryder’s Crispy Bacon Brie grilled Cheese Sandwich with caramelised onions is a perfect alfresco lunch dish, so good with this wine. Click HERE for her recipe and to have a browse on her website.

One of Alida Ryder’s Cookbooks

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