The den, Chenin Blanc 2012
W.O. Coastal region
|Cultivar(s): Chenin blanc 100%|
|Analysis: Alc: 13.5% | R.S: 4g/l | T.A: 6.1g/l | Ph: 3.32|
Awards & accolades
- Silver – Veritas 2012
- 3.5 stars – Platter
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.
A lively, medium to full bodied wine, with zippy flavours of creamy pineapple pink lady apples and melon. The wine has a lovely texture with a long finish with enough acid to keep it really fresh and vibrant.
The Den Chenin Blanc is delicious on its own. The wine has tons of flavours and is just off-dry so it is a versatile partner for many different dishes.
Chenin Blanc is harvested from a number of blocks on farms which border Agter Paarl/ Swartland, from both irrigated and dry farmed vines of 20 to 40 years old.
This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and texture. A portion of the wine was treated in a conventional manner, with about 30% being fermented with a small number of French oak staves at 15 Celsius until about 10 balling and then cooled down to 6 degrees (to bring a Loire winter to the wine) where it continued to slowly ferment for a further 2 months building glycerol and texture in the wine. The cooling is then turned off bringing spring to the wine, and allowing a further period of slow fermentation.
This wine should be drunk within 3-4 years of the vintage.