The den, Pinotage 2015

W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Pinotage 100%
Analysis: Alc: 13.77% | R.S: 3.2g/l | T.A: 5.6g/l | Ph: 3.4

Awards & accolades

  • Silver  – Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2017/2018
  • Bronze – Veritas 2017
  • 3 stars – Platter 2015
  • Bronze – International Wine Challenge 2018

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 like Fajitas or that glorious confection of chicken, chocolate, cumin seeds, smoky ancho chilies, pumpkin and sesame seeds – Mole Poblano. It is also very good with other flavoursome American regional specialties like 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 Langvlei and Leeuwenkuil vineyards on the Agter Paarl/ Swartland border.


Pinotage was harvested over a two week period starting late January 2015. Most of the grapes were destalked and fermented in tanks with various staves. Malolactic and maturation was completed on staves. Approximately 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 up to four years from vintage.