Penny Swartland Viognier 2009

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Viognier 100%
Analysis: Alc: 15% | R.S: 6.5g/l | T.A: 6.5g/l | Ph: 3.19

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 harmonious wine with a powerful exotic bouquet of lime and stone fruit and spicy wood with a 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 and Penny Hughes Kasteelsig vineyard in Malmesbury. The vineyard is east facing planted on red oak leaf soils. These non irrigated vines are carefully tended using organic farming methods, producing fruit of exquisite balance. Yields are kept below 6 tons to the hectare.


The grapes were hand picked into small baskets and taken to Mellasat cellar where the grapes were destalked and pumped into a tank. The grapes remained in a tank for 2 days before being pressed into a selection of new and 2nd fill 500 litre French oak barrels - coopered right here in South Africa. A selection of 4 different yeasts was used, 3 cultured strains and natural yeast. The wine has been on its lees for 9 months.

2100 bottles have been produced.