Cape Hunting White Blend, Lekanyane 2012


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W.O. Swartland

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 – PlatterBronze medal – Veritas 2013 SACommended – 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.

Tasting notes

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.

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

Chenin Blanc is grown on Leeuwenkuil, and Viognier was sourced from Kasteelsig vineyards, which are both in the Swartland grape growing region.

Winemaking

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.

Ageing potential

This wine definitely improves with a year or two of bottle ageing.

THE DEN

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.

PELOTON

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.

THE PACK

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

PICTUS

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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