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Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2020


About this Wine

The Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2020 is an exceptional display of South Africa’s unique Pinotage varietal. Named in honor of the comforting dens of the African Wild Dog, our Pinotage mirrors these creatures’ bold and resilient spirit. Our Pinotage grapes flourish in the fertile soils of the Western Cape, a region celebrated for its winemaking prowess and the robust, complex characteristics it imparts on the Pinotage varietal. We prioritize sustainable viticulture, ensuring that our wines not only express the best of the region and the variety but also contribute positively to the environment. This wine is Flavor-packed, soft and juicy wines for everyday drinking. This wine offers ripe berry fruit with hints of milk chocolate and toasty wood. Jenny Metelerkamp, who lived with the Borgs in the bush in Botswana, produced a a fine painted wolf ink drawing for the label.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Pinotage
  • Vineyard Location: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable farming techniques
  • Harvesting: Grapes are hand-harvested at peak ripeness to ensure maximum flavor and complexity
  • Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control to maintain varietal characteristics
  • Oak Aging: Matured in French oak barrels to enhance complexity and depth of flavor
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottling: Bottled at the estate to ensure quality and consistency

Tasting Notes

The Den Pinotage 2020 is a unique expression of South African Pinotage, combining powerful flavors and enticing aromas. The nose introduces an intriguing mix of dark cherries, plums, and berries, melded with undertones of earthy spice and a touch of smoke. The palate unfolds with bold fruit flavors balanced by structured tannins, creating a robust yet velvety texture. The lush notes of ripe cherries and plums are enhanced by a hint of earthy spice, leading to an intriguing complexity. A long, satisfying finish leaves a lasting impression of the intense fruit flavors, complemented by a gentle smokiness. This wine is a perfect match for grilled meats, hearty stews, and robust cheeses, offering versatility for various culinary adventures.