The den, Pinotage Rosé 2016


W.O. Paarl

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 100%
Analysis: Alc: 13.31% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 5.6g/l | Ph: 3.30

Awards & accolades

  • Top 11 Rosé Rocks 2016
  • Commended – International Wine Challenge 2017

The story of this wine

The den wines are social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family. These wines are named for the den, the heart of all African wild dog communities. Flavour-packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

Jenny Metelerkamp produced a fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for the label.

Tasting notes

A bright fruity wine with lingering strawberry, glacé cherries and cranberry flavours, a gentle underlying minerality is well balanced by a refreshing acidity.

The vineyard

Pinotage grapes were sourced from a number of blocks of older vines in Paarl. In the past vintages the grapes were sourced from Southern Cross vineyard, from our Painted Wolf pack members Ros and Pete Koch. This year we harvested their grapes for red wine, and subsequently sourced grapes for this rosé elsewhere.

Winemaking

I set out to make the most delicious and compelling dry rosé possible from Pinotage. The grapes are hand harvested into small baskets and taken to the cellar where they are destalked, gently crushed, and cooled before being left on skins for roughly 6 hours. Juice is then drawn off the skins and cold fermented in tank.

Ageing potential

This wine is delicious as a young wine but will gain complexity and interest with a couple of years of bottle aging.