The den, Chenin Blanc 2017


W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Chenin blanc 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.68% | R.S: 3.2g/l | T.A: 6.2g/l | Ph: 3.38

Awards & accolades

  • Silver – Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2017/2018
  • Bronze – Veritas 2017

The story of this wine

The den wines are social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family. These wines are named for the den, the heart of all African wild dog communities. Flavour-packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

Jenny Metelerkamp produced a fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for the label.

Tasting notes

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

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.

The vineyard

Chenin blanc is harvested from a number of blocks on farms in the Swartland region, both irrigated and dry farmed vines of various ages between 10 and 30 years old.

Winemaking

2017 was the third dry vintage on the trot. It was, however, quite cool coming into the harvest period. We adapted the vintage by making two separate batches of wine, the first from early picked fruit, and the second a riper portion fermented with French oak staves. We opted for simple cold fermentation with a few months of lees contact. The wine is made up from a number of different vineyards harvested from a range of sites and soil types.  The oak component wakes up around 50% of the total blend. The two components had different flavours and textures from which we have endeavoured to produce a well- balanced, interesting wine which is a joy to drink.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within two to three years of vintage.