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 VI 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.  This is an elegant, rich wine with a broad mouthfeel and a fresh finish. A focused melange of stone fruit, citrus, mineral and spice. Created from Grenache Blanc produced by the Foundry in Stellenbosch blended with old vine Chenin Blanc grapes grown on two sites in the Agter Paarl and Viognier from Kasteelsig Vineyard.

Awards won

Six Nations 2019 Double Gold Tim Atkin 2019 92 points



Food Pairing

Chicken dishes with a creamy sauce, Coq au vin, Fish, Grilled chicken



Segment best suited for

Boutique, Off premise, On premise

Tasting Notes

Citrus, Mineral, Stone fruit, Sweet spice





White Grapes

Blend, Chenin Blanc (Steen), Grenache Blanc, Viognier

Price Band:C

Winemaking process

2017 was a dry vintage. We are usually able to buy Roussanne and Viognier grapes, but not in 2017. We were thrilled to be able to buy the Grenache Blanc component. The Chenin Blanc and Viognier grapes were hand-picked into small baskets and whole- bunch pressed before being barrel-fermented with wild yeast in 500-litre barrels of various ages and left on the lees for nine months.


Pictus VI will mature in bottle for 6-8 years from vintage.

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