The den, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 86% | Merlot 10% | Shiraz 4%
Analysis: Alc: 13.95% | R.S: 3.2g/l | T.A: 5.6g/l | Ph: 3.5

Awards & accolades

  • 3 stars – Platter
  • Bronze Medal – Veritas 2015
  • 87 – Steve Tanzer USA

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 medium to full bodied wine with typical Cab flavours of black current, brambly fruit, cigar box augmented by toasty oak. The wine has a lovely rich texture, soft ripe tannins with a long fruit driven finish.

Food suggestions

Enjoy with a variety of meat dishes such as home-made lamb burgers, sticky roasted pork belly or braised lamb shanks.

The vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from a vineyard in the Bottelary region of Stellenbosch. We have blended 10% Swartland merlot from Kasteelsig vineyard and 4% Shiraz sourced from out three partner vineyards.

Winemaking

This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour. Cabernet fermented in tank on a blend of French oak staves, and then completed malolactic and maturation on staves; the wine was finished off with 10% Swartland Merlot and 4% Shiraz, both of which were matured in a mixture of new and older oak barrels.

Ageing potential

This wine is good now, but will continue to improve over the coming 3-4 years.