Pictus I – 2009 (magnums)

Painted Wolf Pictus I (2009) - bottle

Pictus is named for the scientific name for an African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus, meaning Wolf in Greek and Painted in Latin. Painted Wolf Pictus I (2009) is a wine made with meticulous care from the very best available grapes.
The art work for this wine label is ‘Snare and her siblings in the moonlight’, a painting by well known Zimbabwean artist Lin Barrie. This is the first of a series of wines which will each year carry a piece of work by a different artist.

Tasting notes

An intense brooding full bodied spicy blend with good balance and a long finish.

The Vineyard

Sourced from Kasteelsig in Malmesbury, Swartland, a vineyard comprising mainly red Glenrosa soil with some oakleaf – both shale rich duplex soils. The vineyards are un-irrigated, and are undergoing organic conversion – this is a vineyard which supplies grapes for some of South Africans top boutique wines.


The grapes were handpicked into small baskets and taken to the cellar. Grapes were all hand sorted and crushed into small open fermenters. Wine was fermented with a blend of natural vineyard yeast and commercial strains. We hand punched down the cap a number of times per day. The wine has been pressed in a basket press and aged in a blend of French (80%) and American (20%) 225 litre and 300 litres barrels for 18 months – with approximately 40% new wood. My ambition was to create a powerful satisfying wine with a rich harmonious palate and a long finish, and an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes. The wine was bottled in January 2011.

Ageing Potential

Pictus I (2009) will develop in bottle for 10 or more years.

Blend Information

  • Shiraz: 48%
  • Mourvedre: 30%
  • Grenache: 22%

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol: 14.76%
  • Residual Sugar: 4.2g/l
  • Total Acid: 6.2g/l
  • Ph: 3.48

Awards & Accolades

3 ½ * Platter Guide 2011
Bronze medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards 2011
“Very good colour, rich, quite earthy, spicy fruit, good depth, needs 12 months to show its true vineyard character and from then has a very good future. 17.5 (Decanter Silver Medal).” – Stephen Spurrier


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