Paserene Marathon

This wine from our Tulbagh wine farm leads with black fruit as the primary nosing and tasting element. There are black cherries and black currants, cassis and creme cassis, dried black cherry jam, with notes of figs and fruitcake. The palate is dense and rich with sweet tannins that are well integrated.


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SKU MAR2018L Collection Cultivar


How the wine is made

The grapes for this sumptuous wine were fermented in small upright French oak barrels, punched-down carefully to avoid over-extracting the wine. It was matured in 50% new, five-year seasoned French oak barrels for 22 months. 

After the clarification process, this hand-crafted wine was bottled without filtration to preserve its authentic, natural form. The wine spent one year in the bottle before being released. 

When you drink our hand-crafted wine, you are creating a moment in time that translates into so much more than just a bottle of wine.


Where the grapes are from

Our Paserene Wine Range is made from grapes sourced from wine farms in Tulbagh, Elgin, and Franschhoek. We focus on quality attention-to-detail when it comes to our luxury Paserene Range, hence the choice of terroir for the range. 

The Marathon is sourced from our Tulbagh wine farm, which we chose for its production of grapes with rich flavours and deep colours.

Soils and climates

Elgin is the coolest area with bokkeveld shale. It has a cooler climate which is best for full-bodied red wine, allowing the grapes to retain their bright acidity and full flavour.

Franschhoek is more moderate in climate and has sandy soil. It is ideal for growing deep, flavourful red grapes like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the shadows of the mountains help to maintain the climate. 

Tulbagh in the Breede River Valley has a hot climate that has cool evenings, with decomposed shale soil. The climate lends itself to wine that has richly developed flavours and long-lasting finishes.




Total Acid
5.4 g/l


What you can expect when tasting

On the nose, you are welcomed by ripe black cherries, black currants, cassis, and rich fruit cake. These warm aromas lead the way to more mineral scents of crushed rocks, graphite, and slate. You will also find notes of charred toast and smoke. 

On the palate the tannins, fruit, and alcohol are in perfect harmony. There are sumptuous warm flavours of dried figs, sticky cherry jam, and savoury liquorice. The minerality is continued in the palate with graphite and slate to cut through the richness. 

An elegant palate is rounded off with tannins, but it is by no means harsh or bitter. Our Marathon is the one of the most authentic representations of Tulbagh red wine that Paserene has available.

Cassis, Black Fruit, Blackcurrant

Cedar, Oak, Vanilla

Leather, Earthy, Minerals


The art on the label

The artwork of our Paserene Range reflects the elegance of the wine inside the bottle and tells the story of the particular bottle. 

The swift you will find on almost every label was drawn by miniaturist Lorraine Loots, and is a representation of Martin’s adventures abroad, the spreading of his wings, before returning home to create Paserene.

All labels were hand pressed using an old Heidelberg press.

The label of our refined Marathon wine features a delicately drawn swallow, which symbolises Martin’s pursuit of knowledge in both South Africa and California to establish his own style of wine. The intricate art also highlights the warm, agile character of the wine in the bottle.


Food and wine combinations

With a red wine as robust and intricate as the Marathon, it is well paired with fatty meat like grilled lamb with plenty of rosemary or a marbled ribeye fresh from the barbecue. Duck or other game birds are an ideal match for the juicy, sweet berry notes in the wine. 

Aged, semi-hard cheeses like gouda and cheddar have enough flavour to hold their own against this bold red. If you prefer a more gourmet approach, a herb-encrusted sheep’s milk cheese will enhance the herbaceous notes in the Marathon. Roasted, salted nuts are the perfect snack partner.






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