Painted Wolf Wines is a dynamic, innovative South African wine company. They are dedicated to the production of distinct, authentic wines, the conservation of African wild dogs and their habitat and the building of a community which share similar interests and values.
Founded by Jeremy and Emma Borg, the Painted Wolf Winery pack is a community of talented individuals who bring the best available grapes, technical and practical skills to Painted Wolf Wines.
They are primarily interested in the production of wines with a distinctive South African feel, and to that end have an emphasis on wines crafted from Chenin Blanc and Pinotage – the two benchmark South African grape varieties. We also vinify other varieties, with a special interest in Shiraz.
They pride themselves on having focused energy and relentless determination, living the Painted Wolf mantra of being ‘Persistently remarkable, remarkably persistent‘.
They actively support the conservation of African Wild Dogs. Funds from every bottle sold go towards the research and conservation of this intriguing, beautiful but highly endangered species – successful long term conservation of African Wild Dogs is only possible where large tracts of wilderness still exist…
The Painted Wolf Winery
REMARKABLY PERSISTENT, PERSISTENTLY REMARKABLE
Pictures of Jeremy and Emma working with grapes and Hunting Dogs! To see a larger, clearer version of this image, just click on the picture.
The Painted Wolf Winery Wines
Painted Wolf wines supplied by Newton Wines
Jemma Chenin Blanc 2019
The Chenin grapes come from 20 to 40 year old vines grown in the Paarl region. A really well crafted just off-dry wine with tropical fruit flavours balanced by lemon pepper. The wine has a lovely texture with a long finish with enough acid to keep it really fresh and vibrant. The wine has been sealed with a screw cap to maintain its freshness.
The Jemma label is exclusive to Newton Wines in the UK.Grapes: Chenin Blanc Alcohol: 12.5%
Jemma Pinotage 2018
The grapes for this wine have been hand-picked from three vineyards with varying climate and soil types. None of the blocks from which the grapes have been sourced is irrigated. This Pinotage is a juicy fruit packed smooth wine with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, warm spice, coffee and toasty wood flavours.
The Jemma label is exclusive to Newton Wines in the UK.Grapes: Pinotage Alcohol: 13.7%
Painted Wolf Wines The Den Pinotage Rosé 2020
A dry savoury rose coupled with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit. It also has good minerality and a touch of acidity to keep it fresh and breezy. This wine is delicious as a young wine and may bottle age for a few years.Grapes: Pinotage Alcohol: 12.5%
Painted Wolf Paarl Roussanne 2018
This has to be one of my favourite white wines I stock. Roussanne, native to the warmer regions of France’s Rhone valley, is a relative newcomer and still very rare in South Africa. There are fewer than 10 South African producers and we are proud to be ranked amongst the top. Peach and apricot aromas with a hint of baked apple. This is a medium bodied wine with citrus, white peach and creamy flavours that envelop the palate. The wine has a lovely texture with a long finish and fresh acidity keeping it vivacious and vibrant.Grapes: Roussanne Alcohol: 13.5%
Penny Viognier 2018, Breedeskloof
Penny Viognier is named in memory of Jeremy and Emma’s late dear friend Penny Hughes. It is a rare wine, made in limited quantities and only once every few years.
For 2018 vintage we sourced grapes from a new vineyard as Kasteelsig was in the grips of a serious drought. This is a mountainous site in the Breedekloof at around 700 metres above sea level.
An exotic bouquet and alluring flavours of ripe peach, jasmin tea and vanilla cream. This Viognier has lots of flavour and a long, poised finish.Grapes: Viognier Alcohol: 13.63
Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015, Paarl
An elegant wine, with an aroma of peach cobbler, lime and vanilla. The wine has a creamy finessed texture with a long finish with bright acid keeping it fresh and vibrant. Only 4300 bottles produced!
This wine will develop in bottle over the coming 3-4 years, gaining complexity as it develops in bottle. 4.5 stars – PlatterGrapes: Chenin Blanc Alcohol: 12.5%
Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018, Swartland
A premium wine again showing that Pinotage can be a serious red wine! An intense, rich wine packed with flavours of ripe blueberry and mulberry, exotic spice and creamy vanilla with evident ripe tannins and a long lingering finish.
4.5 points, 91 points – Platter 2020Grapes: Pinotage Alcohol: 14%
Painted Wolf Lycaon Grenache 2015, Swartland
Exclusive to Newton Wines The Lycaon Grenache has a splash of Shiraz and Pinotage just to add a little more structure and spice. A wonderful expression of Grenache with beautiful fruit of ripe yet slightly sour cherry, a layered and textured wine which keeps giving . This would pair well with lighter meat dishes or lamb chops just off the griddle it also is a wine that has finesse and the poise to match to meatier fish – Turbot or Monkfish.Grapes: Grenache 90% | Shiraz 5% | Pinotage 5% Alcohol: 13.11%
Painted Wolf Lycaon Chenin Blanc 2019
The Lycaon Old Vine Chenin is sourced from certified heritage vines planted in 1974, this is a sophisticated wine, with concentrated aromas of peaches and cream with hints of salty earthiness. The wine has a creamy finessed texture with a long stone fruit finish.Grapes: Chenin Blanc Alcohol: 13.29
Painted Wolf Black Back Pinot Noir 2018
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were sourced from vineyards in the hills of Walker Bay. Cooler conditions encouraged slow, even ripening. This wine is reminiscent of an elegant old world-style Pinot Noir, with bright red fruit balanced by fragrant herbal notes and earthy perfume. 4.5 Stars Platter’s Guide however I believe this wine will only improve over the coming years. Very limited supply.Grapes: Pinot Noir Alcohol: 14
Black Pack Mourvèdre 2017, Swartland
- These organically certified grapes were hand-picked and taken to the cellar where they were destalked and gently crushed. The wine fermented in small open bins with four punch downs a day. When totally dry, it was pressed into oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine matured for 14 months in small French oak barrels of which, roughly 30% were new. A small percentage of Shiraz was added to the blend. Only 2192 bottles were produced.
A lovely rich mélange of sweet and crunchy dark berry fruit, subtle pepper spice flavours, and aromas harmonized with sweet oak. This is a very elegant wine with a gorgeous silky palate with a fresh long finish.
This wine has wopn several awards in 2019 including
- Trophy for Top Red Niche Variety – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2019
- Double Gold – National Wine Challenge/Top 100 wines 2019
- 4.5 stars, 93 points – Platter 2020
Pictus V, 2016
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 the winemaker’s favourite wines of the vintage.
An elegant, rich wine with a broad mouthfeel and a tight fresh finish. A focused melange of stone fruit, citrus, mineral and spice with a precise and refreshing finish.
- Gold –International Wine Challenge 2017
- 4.5 stars – Platter 2018
Pictus VII, 2017
Grenache and Carignan grapes were harvested on Welgegund farm in Wellington and the Syrah from two different vineyards in the Swartland. Carignan vines are over 45 years old and are registered heritage vines. None of these vineyards are irrigated.
An elegant, full bodied wine combining charm with power exhibiting red berry, pepper spice, toasty oak and savoury aromas with a supple rich coating mouth feel which finishes long and polished. This vintage has the potential to age for another ten or so years.Grapes: 51% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 15% Carignan Alcohol: 14%
The Den Chenin Blanc 2018/19
With abundant fresh, citrus and tropical fruit on the nose, this a beautifully balanced wine which just leaps out of the glass. A hint of oak lends a degree of complexity and texture and layers of fruit and straw linger on the palate. Exceptional value.Grapes: Chenin Blanc Alcohol: 13
The Den Pinotage 2018
The grapes for this wine have been hand-picked from three vineyards with varying climate and soil types. None of the blocks from which the grapes have been sourced is irrigated. This Pinotage is a juicy fruit packed smooth wine with a smorgasbord of red and black summer berries, warm spice, coffee and toasty wood flavours.Grapes: Pinotage Alcohol: 13.70
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