Guillermo Swartland Pinotage 2010
Cultivar(s): Pinotage 92% | Merlot 4% | Grenache 4%
Analysis: Alc: 14.6% | R.S: 2.3g/l | T.A: 5.8g/l | Ph: 3.79
Awards & accolades
TOP 100 WINES 2013 & 91 points & editors choice in May – Wine Enthusiast USA90 points – Wine Advocate90 points – Steve Tanzer4 stars – Platter 2012
The story of this wine
‘Guillermo’ Swartland Pinotage is named after our good friend and pack member, Billy ‘Guillermo’ Hughes. Billy and his late wife Penny, were amongst the first investors in our dream, trading grapes for a share in Painted Wolf. Billy is an uncompromising exponent of organic and naturally farmed grapes with a keen interest in biodynamics. Over the years Jeremy helped Billy make his Nativo wines. From 2013, his Kasteelsig vineyard has been organically certified. Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyds camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo and the pack labels.
A rich full bodied wine sporting ripe blueberry and mulberry, exotic spice and creamy vanilla with evident ripe tannins and a long lingering finish.
The use of wild Yeast and barrel fermention for this wine has yielded a Chenin is a both sleek and complex, suitable for country cooking with a French flair.
Pinotage grapes were sourced from the Kasteelsig vineyard which is owned by Painted Wolf Pack members Billy (Guillermo) and Penny Hughes. The grapes are organically farmed and will be fully organically certified in the 2013 vintage. The site is primarily red Glenrosa soil with some Oakleaf – both shale rich duplex soils. The vineyards are irrigated. Kasteelsig vineyard supplies grapes for some of South Africans top boutique wines. Yields are round 8 tons to the hectare.
The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the cellar where they were hand sorted, destalked and gently crushed. The wine fermented in small open fermented bins with 4 punch downs per day. Before the wine was totally dry, we pressed and placed it in oak barrels to complete alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine matured in a mixture of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 14 months, approximately 40% new wood. A small percentage of merlot and Grenache were added to the wine to lift the fruit of the wine.
2400 bottles have been produced – the bottling has been split and is sealed with both natural cork and screw cap.
This wine will age well in bottle for a number of years.
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.