The den, Pinotage 2010


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 95% | Malbec 5%
Analysis: Alc: 13.5% | R.S: 3.2g/l | T.A: 5.2g/l | Ph: 3.56

Awards & accolades

  • Runner-Up  – ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Competition 2012
  • Silver medal – Old Mutual Trophy wine Awards 2012
  • Silver medal – La Selection wine competition 2012 Switzerland
  • 4 stars – Classic Wine mag June 2012
  • 3 stars – Platter 2011
  • Silver medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2011
  • 87 points – Wine Enthusiast 2011
  • Commended –  International Wine Challenge 2014
  • Bronze medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013

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 juicy fruit packed smooth wine with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, warm spice and toasty wood flavors. The wine has a lovely silky texture and a long smooth finish.

Food suggestions

Pinotage is the best possible red wine in the world to pair with Mexican dishes such as Fajitas and Mole. It is also great with Cabrillo. The wine likes cumin seeds, and smoky ancho chilli flavors. It is also very good with other flavorsome American regional specialties such as with Carolina Pulled Pork and smoky Texas B.B.Q beef rib.

The vineyard

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from three vineyards, Kasteelsig in the Swartland and Leeuwenkuil in Agter Paarl and Southern Cross in the Simondium region of Paarl. Southern Cross is a site with granite soils whilst the other two sites have similar shale soils. None of the blocks from which the grapes have been sourced is irrigated. Grapes have been hand picked.

Winemaking

The bulk of the Pinotage was destalked and fermented in tanks with staves. Malolactic and maturation was completed on staves. The remaining Pinotage was fermented in small open fermenters and hand punched. It was pressed straight into wood and completed malolactic fermentation in barrel.

Filtration and fining: The wine has been fined with egg white and been sterile filtered

Length of barrel maturation: Pinotage 12 months, Malbec 18 months