Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2009
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 2011
- 89 points – Steve Tanzer USA
- 4 stars – Platter Guide 2011
- 4 .5 stars Wine magazine
- SAA 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.
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.
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.
This wine is drinking well now, and will improve by further bottle age for a year or two.