In 2007, Emma and Jeremy Borg founded Painted Wolf Wines as an advocate for the conservation of the endangered African Wild Dog. Allan Mullins picks the pride of their pack:

PAINTED WOLF LEKANYANE WHITE 2009

Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Verdelho make up this lively blend, which has flavours of citrus, lime, apricot and vanilla on the nose. The palate achieves a fine balance between fruit and wood. Pair it with: Swiss Appenzeller, which has a slightly sweet flavour thanks to the application of a herbal brine during maturation. Cellar price: R75

THE DEN, CHENIN BLANC 2010

Ripe 20- to 40-year-old vines from selected blocks on Leeuwenkuil farm in the Swartland give this wine a rich nose with tropical fruit, fresh melon and white peach flavours and a full-bodied, elegant palate. Pair it with: Smooth-textured, sweet Emmentaler from the German region of Switzerland. Cellar price: R47

PAINTED WOLF “GUILLERMO” PINOTAGE 2009

For respected British wine writer Matthew Jukes to write that “Guillermo” is “the purest, most alluring Pinotage I have tasted in years” says a lot about this blend of Swartland Pinotage and Jeremy Borg’s top red, Pictus. It’s spicy with succulent, ripe red and black berry fruit on the nose and well-judged tannins. Pair it with: Fairview Blue Tower, a soft, fullflavoured creamy blue-veined cheese with a sharp, almost spicy flavour