Painted Dog Chenin Blanc Viognier 2017


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W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Chenin blanc 51% | Viognier 49%
Analysis: Alc: 13.5% | R.S: 2.72/l | T.A:5.8 g/l | Ph:3.52

Awards & accolades

Silver – Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2017/2018Bronze – Veritas 2017

The story of this wine

Rare, charismatic, energetic, persistent, social and distinctly cool. We honour Southern Africa most endangered large mammals with wines that capture their character. Painted Dog is a small range of flavour packed, soft and juicy wines for good every day drinking.

Lori Bentley produced a lovely expressive ink and watercolour painting for the label.

Tasting notes

Dry and succulent, the wine offers a rich, creamy stone fruit flavour, with aromas of Peach Melba

Food suggestions

Perfect with almost anything with a creamy sauce such as fish pie or chicken with a cream and mushroom sauce. Also great with roast chicken, roast pork belly with apple sauce, or salmon en croute.

The vineyard

Viognier and Chenin Blanc are harvested from two vineyards in Swartland region. Both of these have irrigation available.

Winemaking

2017 was the third dry vintage on the trot. It was however quite cool coming into the harvest period. We adapted to the conditions by early picking the Chenin Blanc. The Viognier was picked quite ripe and fermented with a small number of French oak staves. We opted for simple cold fermentation with natural yeast followed by a few months of lees contact. The two components had different flavours and textures from which we have endeavoured to produce a well- balanced interesting wine which is a joy to drink.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within 2-3 years of the vintage.

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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