Pictus III – 2011

Pictus III_resizePictus is named after the scientific name for an African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus, meaning Wolf in Greek and Painted in Latin. Pictus is made with meticulous care and blended from my favourite wines of the vintage. Pictus One is the first of a series of wines featuring a different piece of artwork each year. The art work for Pictus III ‘Snare and her sibling”’ is by well known Zimbabwean conservationist and artist Lin Barrie. Production is limited to 5000 bottles – one for each of the roughly 5000 rare and endangered Painted Wolves remaining in scattered groups throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Painted Wolf Wines donate a portion of their income to conservation projects throughout Southern Africa.

Tasting notes

A rich full bodied wine which combines charm with power – red berry and spicy and a long polished finish.

The Vineyard

Produced from organically certified grapes grown on Kasteelsig vineyard in the Swartland. This vineyard comprises red Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils, both shale rich duplex soils. Kasteelsig supplies grapes for a number of our most prestigious wines.


The grapes were hand picked into small baskets, 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 finished wine was pressed in a basket press. The wine has been aged in French (80%) 225 litre and 300 litres barrels for 18 months with approximately 70% 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.

Ageing potential

Pictus III will mature in bottle for 10 years or more

Blend Information

  • Shiraz: 36%
  • Mourvedre: 32%
  • Grenache: 32%

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 3.8g/l
  • Total Acid: 6.2g/l
  • Ph: 3.48

Awards and Accolades

  • Bronze Medal Veritas 2014
  • Platter 4 stars
  • National Wine Challenge/Top 100 wines 2016 – Double Gold


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