The den, Shiraz 2015

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Shiraz 100%

Analysis: Alc: 13.85% | R.S: 3.1g/l | T.A: 5.6g/l | Ph: 3.57

Awards & accolades

  • 3 stars – Platter 2018
  • 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 spicy black cherry and black berry fruit, chewy savoury mid palate and evident wood flavors. The wine has a well- rounded mid palate with creamy berry flavours which carry through to the finish of the wine where they are supported by soft tannins.

Food suggestions

The den Shiraz is especially good with hearty bistro cooking French style like noisette of lamb with black olives and fennel, magret of duck with red wine, venison with lentils, daube of oxtail or linguini with lemon, olives and chorizo sausage.

The vineyard

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from Leeuwenkuil farms on the Agter-Paarl/ Swartland border.


Shiraz was harvested in the third and fourth week of Feb 2015. Most of the grapes were destalked and fermented in tanks with French oak staves, with malolactic and maturation being completed on staves. Approximately 20% of the wine was fermented in small open fermenters and hand punched before being pressed off into small French and American oak barrels of varying ages.

Ageing potential

This wine can be enjoyed within four to five years from vintage.


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.


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.


High quality wines carefully hand crafted from our 3 Pack members’ grapes including a number of single vineyard wines named after the vineyard owners.


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.