Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2010


W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 48% | Viognier 28% | Verdelho 24%
Analysis: Alc: 13.6% | R.S: 6g/l | T.A: 6.3g/l | Ph: 3.27

Awards & accolades

  • 4.5 stars – Wine magazine
  • 4 stars –  Platter 2011
  • Silver medal – Decanter World Wine Competition 2011
  • Bronze medal – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards 2012

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 follow through onto the palate and is complimented by a long, creamy, fresh finish.

Food suggestions

This is a layered sophisticated wine, great by itself or with well seasoned dishes, such as firm fleshed fish, chicken or pork. It works really well with traditional South African dishes such as smoor snoek and loves French country cooking. The wine is great with charcuterie, duck rillettes and does just fine with stronger cheeses such as Pont Leveque.

The vineyard

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

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked into small baskets. I employed a number of different wine making techniques and strains of yeast. Approx 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 reminiscent of the grace, elegance and energy of Painted Wolves.  As an ex-chef, I am interested in creating harmony and balance in wine and compatibility with food .The wine was bottled in November 2010 with a screw cap.  21800 bottles produced

Ageing potential

This wine improves with a year or two of bottle ageing.