Black Pack Wild Yeast Chenin Blanc 2012


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.5% | R.S: 4.62g/l | T.A: 5.74g/l | Ph: 3.29

Awards & accolades

  • 3.5 stars – Platter
  • 88+ – Steve Tanzer USA
  • Silver medal – Old Mutual Trophy wine show 2014
  • 3.5 stars – Classic Wine Magazine

The story of this wine

Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyd’s camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo which we adapted to suit this elegant black label and finishing the product with a burnt orange capsule.

Tasting notes

An elegant wine with flavours of peach, lime, vanilla and a stony minerality. The wine has a lovely finessed texture with a long finish with just enough acid to keep it fresh and vibrant. The wine is sealed with a natural cork. 7200 bottles produced.

The vineyard

Chenin Blanc is harvested from two vineyards, Southern Cross in Simondium Paarl, and Leeuwenkuil in the Swartland. The vines on Southern Cross are dry farmed on granite soils, and are 28 years old. Leeuwenkuil has shale soils with vines of 15 years old. The split is 75% Swartland fruit and 25% Paarl fruit.

Winemaking

Southern Cross grapes were picked at 20 balling and fermented on heavy lees in 500 litre seasoned barrels for minerality - this wine went through malolactic fermentation. The Leeuwenkuil fruit was much riper and was fermented in barrel with wild yeast in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. Fermentation has been very slow.

Ageing potential

This wine will develop in bottle over the coming 3-4 years, gaining complexity as it develops in the bottle.