The Wine: An elegant medium full-bodied wine combining charm with power, red berry and spice and a long, polished finish.
Food Pairing: Pair with warming hearty autumnal dishes such as game pies, beef Wellington, ossobuco, braised lamb shanks or traditional South African tomato bredie.
Producer: Painted Wolf Wines
Winemaker : Jeremy Borg
Wine Region: Paarl
At a Glance: ABV: 13.7% RS : 3.48 g/l PH : 3.48 TA : 5.9 g/l
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Cork
Double Gold – National Wine Challenge/Top 100 Wines – 2017
4 stars – Platter
Silver – Veritas 2017
Ageing: Pictus IV will mature in bottle for 7 to 10 years from vintage.
In the Vineyard: Produced from 90% organically certified grapes grown at Kasteelsig vineyard in the Swartland. This vineyard comprises red Glenrosa and Oakleaf soils, both shale rich duplex soils. 10% of this wine is Stellenbosch Shiraz from Devon Rock, a sustainably farmed vineyard.
In the cellar: The grapes were hand-picked into small basket and crushed into small open fermenters. Wine was fermented with a blend of natural vineyard yeast and commercial strains. We hand punched down the cap a number of times per day and when dry, pressed in small batches in our small press. The wine has been aged in French (80%) 225 litre and 300 litre barrels for 18 months with approximately 40% new wood. My ambition was to reflect this elegant vintage with a balanced wine exhibiting a harmonious palate and long finish, an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes.