The den, Pinotage 2011


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 90% | Shiraz 10%
Analysis: Alc: 14.06% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 5.5g/l | Ph: 3.64

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

An intense fruit packed wine with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, savory spice and toasty wood flavors. The wine has firm savory tannins which will smooth out over the coming months. It has a long finish.

Food suggestions

Pinotage is the best possible red wine in the world to pair with Mexican dishes such as Fajitas or that glorious confection of chicken, chocolate, cumin seeds, smoky ancho chilly pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds which is called Mole. 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 Southern Cross farm in Simondium, Kasteelsig in Malmesbury, Devon Rocks in Stellenbosch and Leeuwenkuil on the Agter Paarl/ Swartland border.

Winemaking

The bulk of the Pinotage was destalked and fermented in tanks with various staves. Malolactic and maturation was completed on staves. Aprox 20% of the wine was fermented in small open fermenters and   matured in small French and American oak barrel. The wine was finished by blending 10% Shiraz.