The den, Sauvignon Blanc 2013


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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Sauvignon blanc 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.82% | R.S: 1.7g/l | T.A: 6.05g/l | Ph: 3.38

Awards & accolades

3.5 stars – Platter

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

Elegant with soft aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, mineral, nettle and subtle oak and a clean vibrant finish. The wine is really beautifully balanced. The Den wines are comfort wines, and this wine delivers just that.

Food suggestions

The Den Sauvignon Blanc is delicious on its own or with simply served oysters on the half shell with brown bread and butter.

The vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc is harvested from a small 1 hectare block of vines on Southern Cross farm in Simondium, Paarl. The vineyard at the base of the Simonsberg mountain has decomposed granite soil. The vineyard was planted in 1986 and is not irrigated.

Winemaking

Great care has been taken to ensure that the grapes were picked at the correct time.

This is a warm site, and the lack of irrigation makes sensitivity to the correct picking time especially important. The wine was made at Rheebokskloof. It received the best possible attention, being blanketed with CO2 throughout the crushing and pressing process. 8000 litres was fermented in stainless steel, and a further 1000 litres in 2nd fill French oak 500 litre barrels. Sauvignon Blanc was bottled in early August 2013

 

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within a year or two of the 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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