Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2012


W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 61% | Viognier 39%
Analysis: Alc: 13% | R.S: 5.5g/l | T.A: 5.8g/l | Ph: 3.39

Awards & accolades

  • 3.5 stars – Platter
  • Bronze medal – Veritas 2013 SA
  • Commended – International Wine Challenge UK 2013

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.

Tasting notes

A rich, vibrant, white ‘Cape blend’. This wine has a bouquet of apricot, lime and vanilla and a sophisticated soft minerality which follow 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

Chenin Blanc is grown on Leeuwenkuil, and Viognier was sourced from Kasteelsig vineyards, which are both in the Swartland grape growing region.

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 2012 with a screw cap.

Ageing potential

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