The den, Chenin Blanc 2016


W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Chenin blanc 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.68% | R.S: 2.5g/l | T.A: 5.5g/l | Ph: 3.34

Awards & accolades

  • 87 points – Wine Advocate

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 under lying 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 20 to 40 years old. Finished with around 10% Chardonnay

Winemaking

This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and texture. It is made up from 3 different tanks produced in different ways. Approximately 50% of the wine was made with clean cold tank ferment, with about 25% being fermented with a small number of French oak staves and the further 25% balance, a “funky” ferment with lots of lees in the tank and a very slow fermentation to build glycerol and texture in the wine. The final blend was put together from these components.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within 2-3 years of the vintage.