Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2009

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W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 51% | Viognier 26% | Verdelho 23%
Analysis: Alc: 14.36% | R.S: 5g/l | T.A: 6.3g/l | Ph: 3.27

Awards & accolades

Silver medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 201189 points – Steve Tanzer USA4 stars – Platter Guide 20114 .5 stars Wine magazineSAA Business class January 2011

The story of this wine

Lekanyane is the Tswana name for Painted Wolves. Tswana is the language of South Africa’s North West Province and of Botswana – both areas with relatively good Painted Wolf populations. The label features a brush drawing in ink by Jenny Metelerkamp.

Tasting notes

A rich, vibrant white ‘Cape blend’. Lekanyane has a bouquet of pineapple, lime and vanilla and a sophisticated minerality which follows through onto the palate and is complimented by a long, creamy, fresh finish.

Food suggestions

I recommend the wine with full flavoured fish, chicken and pork dishes such as Linguine With Prawns, Baby Tomatoes And Fennel, or with a Creamy Thai Style Coconut Chicken Curry. It is lovely with pâtés and salami too.

The vineyard

These grapes were sourced from a number of different vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Malmesbury.


The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to the Chase and Mellasat cellars. We employ a number of different wine making techniques and strains of yeast to try and get a feel for the best vinification method for these grapes. Approximately 50% of the wine was fermented in tanks and the balance in small oak barrels, 25% of which were new.  My ambition was to create a wine with a harmonious palate and a good finish, and an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes. The wine was seven months in the barrels and tank and was bottled in September 2009. 11000 bottles have been produced.

Ageing potential

This wine is drinking well now, and will improve by further bottle age for a year or two.


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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