Black Pack Wild Yeast Chenin Blanc 2012

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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.5% | R.S: 4.62g/l | T.A: 5.74g/l | Ph: 3.29

Awards & accolades

3.5 stars – Platter88+ – Steve Tanzer USASilver medal – Old Mutual Trophy wine show 20143.5 stars – Classic Wine Magazine

The story of this wine

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 and finishing the product with a burnt orange capsule.

Tasting notes

An elegant wine with flavours of peach, lime, vanilla and a stony minerality. The wine has a lovely finessed texture with a long finish with just enough acid to keep it fresh and vibrant. The wine is sealed with a natural cork. 7200 bottles produced.

Food suggestions

The Wild Yeast Barrel Fermented Chenin is a complex layered wine, suitable for country cooking with a French feel.

The vineyard

Chenin Blanc is harvested from two vineyards, Southern Cross in Simondium Paarl, and Leeuwenkuil in the Swartland. The vines on Southern Cross are dry farmed on granite soils, and are 28 years old. Leeuwenkuil has shale soils with vines of 15 years old. The split is 75% Swartland fruit and 25% Paarl fruit.


Southern Cross grapes were picked at 20 balling and fermented on heavy lees in 500 litre seasoned barrels for minerality – this wine went through malolactic fermentation. The Leeuwenkuil fruit was much riper and was fermented in barrel with wild yeast in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. Fermentation has been very slow.

Ageing potential

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


A social wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Named for THE DEN, the heart of the Wild Dog community. Flavour packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.


A pack of Wild Dogs and a pack of cyclists share the same goal. Whether it is food for the pack or the end of a long road, what remains is the bond between pack members and the ability to unwind and enjoy the company. Company made all the more enjoyable by sharing a good wine, a love of wide open spaces and the Wild Dogs who roam them.


High quality wines carefully hand crafted from our 3 Pack members’ grapes including a number of single vineyard wines named after the vineyard owners.


Named after Lycaon Pictus, the scientific name for Painted Wolf. Each edition of this deluxe Rhone style blend is as rare and beautiful as the Wild Dogs we support. Each year we choose a painting from one of our pack artists to feature on the label and each year we match estimated Wild Dog numbers with the number of bottle we produce. In most cases, the original painting is sold at auction with proceeds donated to wild dog research and conservation.

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