Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2012
|Cultivar(s): Chenin Blanc 61% | Viognier 39%|
|Analysis: Alc: 13% | R.S: 5.5g/l | T.A: 5.8g/l | Ph: 3.39|
Awards & accolades
- 3.5 stars – Platter
- Bronze medal – Veritas 2013 SA
- Commended – International Wine Challenge UK 2013
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.
A rich, vibrant, white ‘Cape blend’. This wine has a bouquet of apricot, lime and vanilla and a sophisticated soft minerality which follow through onto the palate and is complimented by a long, creamy, fresh finish.
Chenin Blanc is grown on Leeuwenkuil, and Viognier was sourced from Kasteelsig vineyards, which are both in the Swartland grape growing region.
The grapes were handpicked into small baskets. I employed a number of different wine making techniques and strains of yeast. Approx 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 reminiscent of the grace, elegance and energy of Painted Wolves. As an ex-chef I am interested in creating harmony and balance in wine and compatibility with food. The wine was bottled in November 2012 with a screw cap.
This wine definitely improves with a year or two of bottle ageing.