Pictus I, 2009

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 48% | Mourvedre 30% | Grenache 22%
Analysis:Alc: 14.76% | R.S: 4.2g/l | T.A: 6.2g/l | Ph: 3.48

Awards & accolades

  • Bronze - Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011
  • Silver - Decanter

The story of this wine

Pictus is named after the scientific name for an African wild dog, Lycaon Pictus, meaning Wolf in Greek and Painted in Latin.  Pictus is made with meticulous care and blended from our favourite wines of the vintage. Each vintage of Pictus is labelled with a different piece of artwork. The art work for this wine label is ‘Snare and her siblings in the moonlight’, a painting by well known Zimbabwean artist Lin Barrie.

Tasting notes

An intense brooding full bodied spicy blend with good balance and a long finish.

Food suggestions

This is an elegant wine demanding of your best meat dishes. Roast leg of lamb studded with anchovies, lemon rind, garlic and rosemary will do nicely!

The vineyard

Sourced from Kasteelsig in Malmesbury, Swartland, a vineyard comprising mainly red Glenrosa soil with some Oakleaf – both shale rich duplex soils. The vineyards are un-irrigated, and are undergoing organic conversion- this is a vineyard which supplies grapes for some of South Africa's top boutique wines


The grapes were handpicked into small baskets and taken to the cellar. Grapes were all hand sorted and crushed into small open fermenters. Wine was fermented with a blend of natural vineyard yeast and commercial strains. We hand punched down the cap a number of times per day.  The wine has been pressed in a basket press and aged in a blend of French (80%) and American (20%) 225 litre and 300 litre barrels for 18 months- with approximately 40% new wood. My ambition was to create a powerful satisfying wine with a rich harmonious palate and a long finish, and an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes. The wine was bottled in January 2011.

Ageing potential

Pictus One, 2009 will develop in bottle for 10 or more years.