Top 5 Wines with Animal Names

During a recent discussion in the office, we realised that we’ve got quite a few wines in our range named after animals.  What a great topic for a blog post, we thought.

Further investigation revealed that not only do we have a number of wines with animal names but that we have just as many with bird names.  We’re going to save the latter for a future post but, for now, let us take you on a safari through our range

1) Our Black Pig and 16 Little Black Pigs ranges

Black pig Shiraz

The name for the Black Pig range of wines was inspired by winemaker Steve Grimley’s favourite pastime – the rearing of big black pigs for making his very own version of Iberico bellota ham.  The range started with customer favourite Black Pig Shiraz but soon grew to include a premium Cabernet Sauvignon as well as an upmarket Pinot Grigio.

16 Little Black Pigs

But things didn’t stop there, when one of the black spots named Shirley, popped out sixteen perfect little clones of herself we decided to celebrate and produce a sequel.  We’ve got a delicious Grenache, Syrah, Merlot blend, as well as a Chardonnay and a Pinot Grigio to choose from.


2) The Intrepid Bear range

Intrepid Bear Cabernet Franc

Our Intrepid Bear range of wines hail from Lodi in California and the name for the range was inspired by the Golden State’s emblem, the bear.  Take your pick from a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier or Sauvignon Blanc.


3) Two Bulls Sangiovese Merlot 2011

Two Bulls Sangiovese

The story behind the name of this wine is that it was crafted by two of the oldest “bulls” on the South African wine scene, Frank Meaker and Nico Vermeulen.  They say that two heads are better than one and in this case the saying could not be more apt.


4) Le Sanglier Sauvage 2011

Sanglier Sauvage

This wine is named after the magnificent wild pig, the sanglier, which populates the wild scrubby oak forests of the Languedoc. They hungrily indulge their sweet tooth on the vineyards, but in doing so, ironically, their fetish reduces yield and concentrates quality. Hence our homage to the wild pig.


5) Percheron Werner Premium Chenin Viognier 2012


Werner Engelbrecht is the winemaker who works at the new, but already much-vaunted Waterkloof estate in South Africa’s Cape, and he also blends up great wines outside of the estate. The Percheron Werner Premium Chenin Viognier 2012 is one of those wines and is named after the magnificent draft horses that are found working at Waterkloof.




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