The den, Chenin Blanc 2019

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Chenin blanc 90%, Chardonnay 10%
Analysis: Alc: 13.1% | R.S: 3.3g/l | T.A: 5.8g/l | Ph: 3.43

Awards & accolades

  • 3.5 stars – Platter's Wine Guide 2020

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 bright aroma and flavour of tropical fruit. Honeydew melon, guava and pineapple with an under lying savoury minerality and a lick of wood. 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 is beautifully balanced with concentrated flavour. It is a versatile partner at the table complementing such classis dishes as coronation chicken, trout with almonds or even macaroni cheese.  Great value for good everyday drinking with enough class for special dinners, high days and holidays.

The vineyard

Chenin blanc is harvested from a number of blocks in the Swartland region, both irrigated and dry farmed vines of various ages between 10 and 30 years old. We opted to blend 10% wooded Chardonnay in the 2019 vintage


2019 was a dry vintage. It was however quite cool coming into the harvest period. We adapted to the conditions of the vintage by making two separate batches of wine, the first from early picked fruit, and the second a riper portion. We opted for simple cold fermentation with natural yeast followed by a few months of lees contact. We opted to blend a 10% oaked Chardonnay component with the chenin. This broadened its flavour and texture producing a well-balanced, interesting wine which is a joy to drink.

Ageing potential

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