Penny Swartland Viognier 2011

W.O. Swartland

Cultivar(s): Viognier 100%
Analysis: Alc: 15% | R.S: 3.9g/l | T.A: 6.1g/l | Ph: 3.46

Awards & accolades

  • Top wine from an unusual varietal – Joburg Oyster Show 2012

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

An elegant wine, with an aroma of peach cobbler, lime and vanilla. The wine has a creamy finessed texture with a long finish with just enough acid to keep it fresh and vibrant. 4000 bottles produced

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 and glen Rosa 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 handpicked into small baskets and taken to Rheebokskloof cellar where the grapes were destalked and moved to drainers where they were held for 6 hours. We picked in 2 tranches to get a range of flavours and textures. The grapes were pressed into pressed into  2nd fill 500 litre French oak barrels.- coopered right here in South Africa, and 2nd and 3rd fill French 225 litre barrels- no new wood. We used cultured strains and natural yeast strains. The wine was bottled in October 2011.

2300 bottles produced.