The den, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 85% | Merlot 15%
Analysis: Alc: 13.65% | R.S: 3.52g/l | T.A: 5.7g/l | Ph: 3.56

Awards & accolades

Silver – Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2017/2018Bronze – Veritas 2017

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 smooth full bodied wine with typical Cab flavours of blackcurrant, brambly fruit with toasty oaking. The wine was softened by the addition of 15% merlot .This is a fruity Cab, with a lovely rich texture, a long finish with just enough acid to keep the wine in balance. The wine has been sealed with a screw cap to maintain its freshness.

Food suggestions

The den Chenin blanc is delicious on its own. The wine has tons of flavours and poise and is a versatile partner for many different dishes.

The vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from a number of vineyards in Stellenbosch and the Swartland. Merlot is from Kasteelsig vineyard in Malmesbury, Swartland.

Winemaking

This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and soft tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in tank with a mixture of different French oak staves, and was then aged on the same staves. Merlot was barrel aged in new French oak barrels.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within two to three years of vintage.

THE DEN

A social wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Named for THE DEN, the heart of the Wild Dog community. Flavour packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

PELOTON

A pack of Wild Dogs and a pack of cyclists share the same goal. Whether it is food for the pack or the end of a long road, what remains is the bond between pack members and the ability to unwind and enjoy the company. Company made all the more enjoyable by sharing a good wine, a love of wide open spaces and the Wild Dogs who roam them.

THE PACK

High quality wines carefully hand crafted from our 3 Pack members’ grapes including a number of single vineyard wines named after the vineyard owners.

PICTUS

Named after Lycaon Pictus, the scientific name for Painted Wolf. Each edition of this deluxe Rhone style blend is as rare and beautiful as the Wild Dogs we support. Each year we choose a painting from one of our pack artists to feature on the label and each year we match estimated Wild Dog numbers with the number of bottle we produce. In most cases, the original painting is sold at auction with proceeds donated to wild dog research and conservation.

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