The pack, Lycaon Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018
|Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 100%|
|Analysis: Alc:13.29 % | R.S: 1.2 g/l | T.A: 5.8g/l | Ph: 3.55|
The story of this wine
Harvested in the second week on February 2018 from block 8 and 9 on Welgegund Farm in Wellington. Having secured grapes from this certified heritage vineyard for the 2019 vintage, Painted Wolf winemaker Jeremy Borg was made aware that there was some 2018 vintage wine available. After tasting this wine in tank, he decided to go ahead and bottle the first vintage. This wine was made by Friedrich Kuhne, winemaker and viticulturalist at Welgegund. The vines were planted in 1974 and sit at the base of a hillside composed of decomposed granite. The vineyard is a certified heritage vineyard under South Africa’s Old Vine Project, designed to preserve the surviving old vineyards of South Africa.
An elegant and subtle wine wine, with an aroma of peach with hints of salty earthiness. The wine has a creamy finessed texture with a long finish. It is bone dry. 2800 bottles produced
The use of wild yeast and partial barrel fermentation for this wine has yielded a Chenin is a both sleek and complex, suitable for country cooking with a French flair.
These Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from two adjacent blocks of (1974) 44-year-old vines in the “horseshoe” just above the town of Wellington The vines grow in Tukulu soil, a well - drained decomposed granite soil, yellow brown in colour. The vineyard is not irrigated
The fruit was harvested at when between 23 and 24 balling, whole bunch pressed and settled before being fermented in barrel and tank with natural wild yeast. Only free run juice was used. The barrels are 500 litre seasoned French oak barrels. Fermentation was very slow.
This wine will develop in bottle over the coming 3-4 years, gaining complexity as it develops in bottle.