The den, Pinotage 2014

W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 100%
Analysis: Alc: 13.8% | R.S: 2.7g/l | T.A: 5.4g/l | Ph: 3.5

Awards & accolades

  • Double Gold - National Wine Challenge/Top100 wines 2017
  • Silver Outstanding - International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016
  • Silver – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017
  • 87 points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • Double Silver - National Wine Challenge/Top100 wines 2016
  • Bronze - Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 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

Medium to full bodied with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, savoury spice and toasty wood flavours, leading to a nicely poised finish.

Food suggestions

Pinotage is the best wine in the world to pair with Mexican dishes such as Fajitas or that glorious confection or chicken, chocolate, cumin seeds, smoky ancho chilies, pumpkin and sesame seeds- Mole. It is also very good with other flavoursome American regional specialties such as with Carolina Pulled Pork or smoky Texas B.B.Q beef rib. The wine also works with Moroccan flavours, Malaysian dishes and of course our local Cape cuisine.

The vineyard

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from Kasteelsig in Malmesbury and from Leeuwenkuil on the Agter Paarl/ Swartland border.


Pinotage was harvested over a two week period starting late Jan 2014. Most of the grapes were destalked and fermented in tanks with various staves. Malolactic and maturation was completed on staves. Aprox 15% of the wine was fermented in small open fermenters and hand punched before being pressed off prior to full dryness into small French and American oak barrels.

Ageing potential

This wine can be enjoyed 4-5 years from vintage.