The den, Pinotage 2012


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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 90% | Shiraz 10%
Analysis: Alc: 13.5% | R.S: 3g/l | T.A: 5.5g/l | Ph: 3.64

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

An intense fruit packed wine with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, savory spice and toasty wood flavors. The wine has fine bright tannins. It has a long fresh 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.

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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