Painted Wolf ‘The Den’ Pinotage
This bridges the styles of the old dense Pinotage and the fruit driven, modern variety.
Fermented in tanks, malolactic and maturation were 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.
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.
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 South African cuisine.
Medium-full bodied with chewy black fruit laced with melted tar, Provençal herbs and fennel, leading to a big, spicy finish with toasty wood flavours.
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’.