Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2016


SKU 04023


Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc is harvested from old vine blocks on farms in the Swartland region of South Africa, both irrigated and dry farmed, with vines of 20 - 40 years old. Blended with about 10% Chardonnay for added body, this was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavor and texture. Approximately 50% of the wine was made with clean cold tank ferment, with about 25% being fermented with a small number of French oak staves and the further 25% balance, a “funky” ferment with lots of lees in the tank and a very slow fermentation to build glycerol and texture in the wine. The final blend was put together from these components.
Category White Wine
Country South Africa
Region Coastal Region
Brand Painted Wolf
Alcohol/vol 12.68%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 The Den Chenin Blanc offers pear drop and white peach scents on the nose that just needs to muster more vigor and intensity. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, hints of dried orange peel and mandarin coming through. It has good weight on the finish, completing a satisfying Chenin Blanc. Drink Date: 2017-2021.

Neal Martin, April 28, 2017