2016 The Den, Chenin Blanc

Tasting notes 

This wine has a fruity aroma and flavours of tropical fruit. Sweet melon, pear, peaches and pineapple with an under lying savoury minerality. The wine has a great texture and a long layered finish with bright acidity keeping it fresh and vibrant.

The Vineyard

Chenin Blanc is harvested from a number of blocks on farms in the Swartland region, both irrigated and dry farmed vines of 20 to 40 years old. Finished with around 10% Chardonnay

Winemaking

This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and texture. It is made up from 3 different tanks produced in different ways. 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.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within 2-3 years of the vintage.

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol 12.68%
  • Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
  • Total Acid 5.5g/l
  • Ph. 3.34

Awards and accolades

87 points – Wine Advocate

 Food Suggestions

The Den Chenin Blanc is delicious on its own. The wine has tons of flavours and poise and is a versatile partner for many different dishes.

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