Painted Wolf ‘The Den’ Cabernet Sauvignon

A medium to full bodied wine with typical Cabernet flavours of black current and brambly fruit.

This wine was made from ripe grapes harvested from a vineyard in the Botteleray region of Stellenbosch, selected to deliver a rich flavour. The Cabernet was fermented in tank on a blend of French oak staves, and then completed malolactic and maturation on staves; the wine was finished off with 10% Swartland Merlot and 4% Shiraz, both of which were matured in a mixture of new and older oak barrels.

Painted Wolf is now the preferred name for South Africa’s Wild Dog. The winery both supports the conservation of this species and draws inspiration from it – the wines, like the animal, are colourful, energetic and balanced in full flight.

With a shared philosophy and passion Painted Wolf donate 5% of their turnover to TUSK, a long established charity helping the rarest and most endangered of Africa’s animals including the dwindling numbers of African Wild Dogs.


Grape Varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes:

Blended with a little Merlot and Shiraz is medium to full bodied with typical flavours of blackcurrant, brambly fruit, cigar box augmented by toasty oak. Will keep for 3-4 years.

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About the Producer

Painted Wolf Wine Co.

Painted Wolf was founded by Jeremy and Emma Borg whose winemaking adventures began in 2005 with a friend offering some grapes that were surplus to requirements. Their ‘home fermentation’ experiment has led, via the help of winemaking experts and international finance, to a full time operation.

Painted Wolf do not own their own cellar but make a ‘den’ in a winery which can change from vintage to vintage. ‘The pack’ is made of growers who provide the grapes and wine makers who give assistance. Fruit is sourced from Kasteelsig in Swartland, (one of the most highly rated vineyards in South Africa), Devon Hills in Stellenbosch and Southern Cross and Leeuwenkuil, in Paarl, the latter is the current home to the ‘den’.


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