At the dawn of a new decade, it gives us great pleasure to proudly announce and unveil the magnificent new packaging of our famed, ultra-lavish Shiraz, The Black Lion. In line with our vison of continuous improvement and our quest for perfection, we felt it only fitting for The Black Lion design to lead the charge by retaining the best of the old, while bringing in the new. The pre-release of the eminent 2019 vintage thus marks the introduction of this glorious new packaging.

The illustration on the label, like the wine itself, was hand-crafted, by a highly acclaimed international artist using an ancient engraving technique to carve out visual elements representative of the estate, its viticulture and viniculture practices which contribute to the unique winemaking journey of The Black Lion. In unity these individual elements tell an remarkable story and form one single image which is the face of a lion – a fitting tribute to the magnificent black-maned Cape Lions that once roamed this ancient land. This, along with the iconic key that rests on top of the striking black wooden case, in which the wine is presented, and the unique number that is presented on each and every single bottle, makes for the remarkably luxurious packaging that is truly one-of-its-kind.

With an extremely limited release of a mere 953 bottles, of which two thirds are already secured by annual client pre-bookings, we encourage you to be amongst the first to reserve the 2019 vintage of South Africa’s most acclaimed Shiraz. Fittingly, the 2019 vintage is the most unique and distinct of all the vintages we’ve produced over the past decade – right on cue to live up to that special occasion and celebration.

“Great combination of red fruit and spice accompanied by oaky notes of tobacco leaf and dark cherry complementing the riper style tannin structure leading to a long developing pallet.”

Martin Fourie | Winemaker

As a whole, 2019 was a slightly cooler vintage, letting us accumulate masses of flavour and perfect quality tannins. This specific vintage is our most extracted vintage ever with an elegant side accompanied by an exceptionally aromatic wine and is the most unique vintage we have produced over the last decade with significant ‘European characteristics’. The weather patterns played a key part in this as it was mild from November through to mid-January with February being nice and warm. March, the month when the berries are in the final stages of ripening, was quite cool with only one day breaking the 30°C mark. This was reflected in slow physiological ripening. Definitely a vintage to throw out the technology and predictive models and rather spend ample time in the vineyards to determine the perfect harvest date. This vintage will be characterized for yielding wines with unique expression, clarity and beautiful integration.

“Expect a ripe, expressive bouquet, showcasing creamy black cherries, hints of plum, sweet spices and as it develops further, fresh notes of crunchy mulberries. The palate is extremely defined, the flavours are pure and precise – purple fruit with some subtle oak flavours perfectly rounding off the wine. The tannins are ripe and finely grained, while the acidity perfectly frames the wine, adding the vibrancy to keep one’s senses captivated.”

Charles Williams | Cellar Master

Each of the mere 953 bottles are individually labelled and numbered by hand, presented in a specially crafted, locked wooden display case and accompanied by an iconic De Toren key to ensure the safekeeping of this wine. The Black Lion has an ageing potential of 40 years plus and if you can resist, it’s most certainly one for the collection… A wine with a reputation that precedes it. Over the years The Black Lion has been awarded honorary titles, amongst which were ‘SA’s Top and SA’s Most Powerful Shiraz’, while esteemed USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast has historically awarded it 95 points. To be enjoyed now, or sometime in the distant future, while paying tribute to the equally iconic Cape Lion.

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