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Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2020


About this Wine

Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2020 is a red wine steeped in the traditions of South African winemaking, carrying a legacy of rich flavor and respect for the environment. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, is South Africa’s signature grape and offers a wine experience that is distinct and memorable. These vineyards are situated in the Swartland and Paarl regions, known for their excellent terroir for growing Pinotage. The combination of the warm African sun and the nutrient-rich soils imbues the grapes with intense flavors and complexity. Painted Wolf farms sustainably, believing that wine should be a testament not only to the winemaking process but also to the land from which it is born. The name Guillermo hails from one of the most iconic leaders of the African Wild Dog packs. In the same spirit, this wine leads the way in showcasing the depth and potential of Pinotage when nurtured with care and passion. As part of our commitment to conservation, each bottle sold contributes to the preservation of the endangered African Wild Dog and its habitat.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Pinotage
  • Vineyard Location: Swartland and Paarl, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable farming practices
  • Harvesting: Hand-picked at optimum ripeness
  • Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks with controlled temperatures
  • Oak Aging: Aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for added complexity
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottling: Bottled at the winery to maintain quality and consistency

Scores & Reviews

92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Guillermo is a 70/30 blend of grapes from the Kasteelsig and Leeuwenkuil farms and is aged in a combination of French, American and Eastern European oak. Smoky, spicy and intense, it partners Pinotage with a splash of Syrah and shows plum and summer pudding flavours, serious tannins and stony minerality. 2023-28

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Always-excellent pinotage honouring longtime grower Billy ‘Guillermo’ Hughes. 20 (90 pts) vibrant & juicy with subtle spice & soft tannins. Blended from BH’s Kasteelsig, with 10% syrah & other Swartland fruit. Wild yeasts, year in 20% new oak, 40% American.

Tasting Notes

The Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2020 is a profound expression of South African terroir, capturing the unique characteristics of Pinotage, the signature varietal of the country. On the nose, anticipate an inviting mélange of dark cherries, blackberries, and plums. This fruity bouquet is expertly entwined with warm, earthy notes of tobacco and hints of toasted oak, evidence of its careful maturation in French and American oak barrels. The palate is immediately engaged with a concentration of dark fruit flavors, mirroring the nose. The dark cherry and ripe blackberry notes mingle with a hint of spicy clove and vanilla, derived from its oak aging. The wine is beautifully structured, with a robust body, smooth tannins, and a balanced acidity that ensures the fruit remains the star of the show. The finish of Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2020 is persistent and leaves a lasting impression of the wine’s complexity and the distinctive South African terroir. It pairs well with hearty meals, grilled meats, and robust, spicy dishes.