The den, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 85% | Merlot 15%
Analysis: Alc: 14.2% | R.S: 2.8g/l | T.A: 5.7g/l | Ph: 3.6

Awards & accolades

Silver Outstanding – International Wine Challenge 2016

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 classy medium to full bodied wine with typical Cab flavours of black current, brambly fruit, cigar box augmented by toasty oak. The wine has a lovely rich mid mouth texture, a long fruit driven finish with grippy tannins which should begin to integrate with a few months in bottle.

Food suggestions

Enjoy with a variety of meat dishes such as home-made lamb burgers, sticky roasted pork belly or braised lamb shanks.

The vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon is mostly sourced from Leeuwenkuil (70%) in AgterPaarl, with 15% top quality Stellenbosch fruit and a further 15% Swartland Organic Merlot from Kasteelsig vineyard the Swartland.


Fermented with Bordeaux yeast strains in tank.  70% of the wine was fermented I tank with French oak staves, and then completed malolactic fermentation and maturation on staves. 15% of this wine is Cab Sauv from a top Stellenbosch site and was matured for 9 months in a selection of French and Hungarian barrels of varying age before being blended with a roughly equal portion of barrel matured Swartland Merlot matured in 100% 225 litre new tight grained French oak barrels. This wine was then put back into wood for a further 12 months

Ageing potential

This wine needs a few months to settle, and will then continue to improve over the coming 4-5 years.


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.


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.


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


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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