Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2009


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 51% | Viognier 26% | Verdelho 23%
Analysis: Alc: 14.36% | R.S: 5g/l | T.A: 6.3g/l | Ph: 3.27

Awards & accolades

  • Silver medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2011
  • 89 points – Steve Tanzer USA
  • 4 stars – Platter Guide 2011
  • 4 .5 stars Wine magazine
  • SAA Business class January 2011

The story of this wine

Lekanyane is the Tswana name for Painted Wolves. Tswana is the language of South Africa’s North West Province and of Botswana – both areas with relatively good Painted Wolf populations. The label features a brush drawing in ink by Jenny Metelerkamp.

Tasting notes

A rich, vibrant white ‘Cape blend'. Lekanyane has a bouquet of pineapple, lime and vanilla and a sophisticated minerality which follows through onto the palate and is complimented by a long, creamy, fresh finish.

Food suggestions

I recommend the wine with full flavoured fish, chicken and pork dishes such as Linguine With Prawns, Baby Tomatoes And Fennel, or with a Creamy Thai Style Coconut Chicken Curry. It is lovely with pâtés and salami too.

The vineyard

These grapes were sourced from a number of different vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Malmesbury.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the Chase and Mellasat cellars. We employ a number of different wine making techniques and strains of yeast to try and get a feel for the best vinification method for these grapes. Approximately 50% of the wine was fermented in tanks and the balance in small oak barrels, 25% of which were new.  My ambition was to create a wine with a harmonious palate and a good finish, and an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes. The wine was seven months in the barrels and tank and was bottled in September 2009. 11000 bottles have been produced.

Ageing potential

This wine is drinking well now, and will improve by further bottle age for a year or two.