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Country of Origin & Region


South Africa, Coastal Region

Painted Wolf

Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2014

88 pts Vinous/Tanzer

Tasting Notes


Dark purple in color with a light ruby hue on the robe. The nose offers an assortment of spice, light coconut and cedar spice over dark red berry and dark cherry fruit aromas. Medium fuller bodied, this has a backbone of acidity that gives the red fruit base juiciness and vibrancy. The tannins are finer grained, but firm enough to focus the fruit and give good supporting structure leading to a dry finish, saying this should show well over the next 3 years plus, where it will broaden out and gain more mid palate flesh. With its noted acidity and vibrant fruit base this is made for food and would be a great addition to any outdoor grilling event.

Food Accompaniments

Grilled meats

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

88 pts Vinous/Tanzer
Medium red. Aromas of plum, redcurrant and woodsmoke are joined by caramel, coconut and other exotic evidence of American oak on the nose. Plush, broad and full in a savory, smoky style; showed more energy and shape with a few minutes in the glass. Began with a touch of roasted fruit character--or was it the oak?--but grew fresher with air. This really spreads out to coat the mouth, finishing with fine tannins and persistent redcurrant fruit. (Incidentally, the less expensive The Den Pinotage is actually livelier and fruitier than the Guillermo but its finish comes across as a bit tart and dry.)

Winemaker Notes

The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the cellar where they were hand sorted, destalked and gently crushed. The wine fermented in small open fermented bins with 4 punch downs per day. Before the wine was totally dry, we pressed and placed it in oak barrels to complete alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. 24000 bottles have been produced – the bottling has been split and is sealed with both natural cork and screw cap. An intense, rich wine packed with flavors of ripe blueberry, mulberry and mocha, exotic spice and creamy vanilla with evident ripe tannins and a long lingering finish. Pinotage grapes were sourced from the Kasteelsig vineyard which is owned by Painted Wolf Pack members Billy (Guillermo) and Penny Hughes. The grapes are organically farmed and became fully organically certified in the 2013 vintage. The site is primarily red Glenrosa soil with some Oakleaf - both shale rich duplex soils. The vineyards are irrigated. Kasteelsig vineyard supplies grapes for some of South Africans top boutique wines. Yields are round 8 tons to the acre.

Chemical Analysis

6 Bottle price




Alcohol: 14%
Total Acid: 5.7
pH: 3.51
Residual Sugar: 2.6





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