The den, Pinotage 2018

W.O. Western Cape

Cultivar(s):Pinotage 100%
Analysis: Alc: 13.71% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 6.1g/l | Ph: 3.35

Awards & accolades

  • 3 stars, 80 points – Platter 2020

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 everyday drinking.

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


Tasting notes

Medium to full bodied with ripe boysenberry and mulberry, savoury spice, milk chocolate and toasty wood flavours, leading to a nicely poised finish with a bright crisp finish.

Food suggestions

Pinotage is the best wine in the world to pair with Mexican dishes like fajitas or that glorious confection of chicken, chocolate, cumin seeds, smoky ancho chilies, pumpkin and sesame seeds – mole poblano. It is also very good with other flavoursome American regional specialties like Carolina pulled pork or smoky Texas B.B.Q beef rib. The wine also works with Moroccan flavours, Malaysian dishes and of course our local Cape cuisine.

The vineyard

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from farms in Paarl, Swartland and Breedekloof.


Pinotage was harvested over four weeks starting late January 2018. Most of the grapes were destalked and fermented in tanks with French and American oak staves. Malolactic and maturation was completed on staves.

Ageing potential

This wine can be enjoyed up to four years from vintage.