Winery Details

About the Winery

In 2006, Emma and Jeremy Borg decided to create a wine company with one aim – to raise money to build a more hopeful future for the remarkable and highly endangered painted wolf. There are fewer than 6,000 painted wolves, or African wild dogs, left in the world today. Painted Wolf Wines is dedicated to the production of authentic, distinct and delicious wines and to the conservation of African wild dogs and their natural habitat, working with a number of partners to channel up to 5% of turnover into conservation projects

Pictus VII 2017

About the wine

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. This is 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.  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.

Awards won

Decanter 2020 Silver



Food Pairing

Aubergine Parmigiana, Beef stews, Game, Lamb, Lasagne, Roast Beef

Red Grapes

Blend, Carignan, Grenache, Shiraz/Syrah



Segment best suited for

Boutique, Off premise, On premise

Tasting Notes

Black pepper, Dark forest fruit, Gentle wooding and earthy, spicy tones, Red berries







Price Band:B

Winemaking process

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.


Pictus VII will mature in bottle for 10 to 12 years from vintage.

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