4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Limited-edition blend, ‘Lycaon pictus’ scientific name for wild dog, 17 (91 pts) combines Swartland grenache & 34% syrah with 15% old-vine carignan ex Wellington. Wild ferment & judicious oaking for red fruit concentration with pepper & spice.
Pictus is named after the scientific name for an African wild dog, Lycaon Pictus, meaning Wolf in Greek and Painted in Latin. Pictus is made with meticulous care and blended from our favourite wines of the vintage. Each vintage is labelled with a different piece of artwork. The artwork for Pictus VII is a study by the highly regarded South African conservationist and artist, the late Keith Joubert. Permission to use the work
was kindly granted by his wife, Val
Grenache and Carignan grapes were harvested on Welgegund farm on western facing slopes above Wellington; Syrah came from two different vineyards in the Swartland. The Carignan vines are over 45 years old and are registered heritage vines. None of
these vineyards are irrigated.
The grapes were hand-picked into small baskets and crushed into small open fermenters and fermented with wild yeast. We hand punched down the cap up to four times a day and then dry pressed in small batches. The wine was aged in 300-litre French oak barrels for 20 months with Syrah in new barrels.
Total production 5,400 bottles.
An elegant, full bodied wine combining charm with power. Red berry, pepper spice, toasty oak and savoury aromas lead to a supple, rich mouthfeel and a long, polished finish.
Pictus VII will mature in bottle for 10 to 12 years from vintage.