The den, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 85% | Merlot 15%
Analysis: Alc: 14.2% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 5.7g/l | Ph: 3.6

Awards & accolades

  • Silver Outstanding - International Wine Challenge 2016

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 classy 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 mid mouth texture, a long fruit driven finish with grippy tannins which should begin to integrate with a few months in bottle.

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 mostly sourced from Leeuwenkuil (70%) in AgterPaarl, with 15% top quality Stellenbosch fruit and a further 15% Swartland Organic Merlot from Kasteelsig vineyard the Swartland.

Winemaking

Fermented with Bordeaux yeast strains in tank.  70% of the wine was fermented I tank with French oak staves, and then completed malolactic fermentation and maturation on staves. 15% of this wine is Cab Sauv from a top Stellenbosch site and was matured for 9 months in a selection of French and Hungarian barrels of varying age before being blended with a roughly equal portion of barrel matured Swartland Merlot matured in 100% 225 litre new tight grained French oak barrels. This wine was then put back into wood for a further 12 months

Ageing potential

This wine needs a few months to settle, and will then continue to improve over the coming 4-5 years.