The den, Chenin Blanc 2009

W.O. Coastal region

Cultivar(s): Chenin blanc 96% | Sauvignon Blanc 4%
Analysis: Alc: 14% | R.S: 2.6g/l | T.A: 6.4g/l | Ph: 3.46

Awards & accolades

  • Best value wine of show – Jo’burg Wine Show 2010

The story of this wine

The den wines are social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family. These wines are named for the den, the heart of all African wild dog communities. Flavour-packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

Jenny Metelerkamp produced a fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for the label.

Tasting notes

A rich full bodied lightly wooded wine with tropical flavours of creamy pineapple, melon and vanilla. The wine has a lovely texture with a long finish with just enough acid to keep it really fresh and vibrant

Food suggestions

The den Chenin blanc is delicious on its own. The wine has tons of flavours and poise and is a versatile partner for many different dishes.

The vineyard

The Chenin Blanc is harvested off a number of blocks on Leeuwenkuil. The grapes are from blocks which are irrigated, dry farmed blocks and from vines of 20 to 40 years old. Sauvignon Blanc is from a 35 year old unirrigated block on Southern Cross, Paarl.


This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and texture. The wine was fermented at 15 Celsius until about 10 balling and then cooled down to 10 degrees where it continued to slowly ferment for a further 3-4 months building glycerol in the wine.

The wine has been fined with bentonite and been sterile filtered.

Half of the chenin component has been fermented with French oak staves.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within two to three years of vintage.