The den, Pinotage 2013

W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 85% | Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre 15%
Analysis: Alc: 14.1% | R.S: 2.5g/l | T.A: 5.3g/l | Ph: 3.5

Awards & accolades

  • 3 stars – Platter
  • Bronze medal – Veritas 2014
  • Commended – International Wine Challenge
  • 88 – Steve Tanzer 88
  • 88 Points – Wine Enthusiast (Best Buy)

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, savoury 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 flavoursome 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.


The bulk of the Pinotage was destalked and fermented in tanks with various staves. Malolactic and maturation was completed on staves. Aprox 25% of the wine was fermented in small open fermenters and matured in small French and American oak barrels. The wine was finished by blending 15% of a Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre blend.