Black Pack Chenin Blanc 2018


W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 100%
Analysis: Alc:13.15 % | R.S: 2.8 g/l | T.A: 5.9g/l | Ph: 3.39

Awards & accolades

  • 91 points – Tim Atkin 2019
  • 4 stars, 86 points – Platter 2020

The story of this wine

We share our small -scale wine making equipment with one of the region’s biggest producers, Leeuwenkuil Family vineyards. Over the past 10 years I have worked in their experimental cellar crafting small batches of wine with their wine making team. This relationship allows Painted Wolf wines access to some of the best vineyards in Paarl and the Swartland.

Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyd’s camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo which we adapted to suit this elegant black label, finishing the product with a burnt orange capsule.

Tasting notes

An elegant wine, with an aroma of fresh peach cobbler, melon, citrus and vanilla. The wine has a creamy finessed texture with a long finish with nice fresh acid keeping it bouncy and vibrant. 1900 bottles produced.

The vineyard

These Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from 20-year-old bush vines in the Perdeberg area of the Swartland. The vines are growing in decomposed shale soils.

Winemaking

The fruit was harvested at around 23 balling, whole bunch pressed and settled before being fermented in barrel with natural wild yeast. We used 500 litre French oak barrels, with around 25% new super tight grain oak and the balance older barrels. Fermentation was very slow.

Ageing potential

This wine will develop in bottle over the coming 3-4 years, gaining complexity as it develops in bottle.