The pack, Penny Viognier 2014

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Viognier 100%
Analysis: Alc: 13.51% | R.S: 2.6g/l | T.A: 6g/l | Ph: 3.29

Awards & accolades

  • Double Gold – National Wine Challenge/Top100 wines 2016
  • Gold – Veritas 2015
  • 86 – Steve Tanzer, USA

The story of this wine

Penny Viognier is named in memory and honour of our dear friend Penny Hughes, for her spirit, friendship and courage. It is a rare wine, made in tiny quantities.

Billy and his late wife Penny, were amongst the first investors in our dream, trading grapes for a share in Painted Wolf. Billy is an uncompromising exponent of organic and naturally farmed grapes with a keen interest in biodynamics. From 2013, his Kasteelsig vineyard has been organically certified. Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyd’s camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo and the pack labels.

Tasting notes

A beautiful wine with an exotic bouquet of lime, stone fruits and spicy wood, tons of flavour and long poised finish.

Food suggestions

Pairs well with mild Indian curries like korma and tikka masala. Also creamy seafood dishes and washed rind cheese.

The vineyard

Viognier grapes were sourced from a single block at Billy Hughes' Kasteelsig vineyard in Malmesbury. The vineyard is east-facing planted on red Oakleaf and Glenrosa soils. These un-irrigated vines are organically certified. Attentive farming produces fruit with exquisite balance. Yields are naturally low at around 6 tons to the hectare.


The grapes were picked by hand into small baskets and taken to the cellar where they were whole bunch pressed, the juice settled and cooled and then moved into barrels. The wine was fermented and matured in a selection of new and second fill 500 litre French oak barrels. We used cultured strains and natural yeast strains.


3600 bottles produced.

Ageing potential

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