2022 Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc

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2022 Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc

Social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family. The den wines are named for the den, the heart of all painted wolf communities. Flavour-packed, soft and juicy comfort wines. Exceptional value. Delicious on its own. A versatile partner at the table.

Tasting Notes

Very clean, soft pineapple, papaya and mango aromas, then with a fresh citrus hit to lift the wine. Then the wood comes in a touch - just acting as seasoning, before a palate of soft tropical fruit, given a little grapefruit zing, and then hints of cedar coming on the finish. This is a wonderfully pretty wine.

painted wolf the den Chenin blanc 2022 

Winemaking

 

This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and texture. It is made up from 3 different tanks produced in different ways. Approximately 50% of the wine was made with standard tank fermentation, and about 30% being fermented with a small number of French oak staves and the balance a “funky” ferment with lots of lees in the tank and a very slow fermentation to build glycerol and texture in the wine. The final blend was put together from these components.

The Background

In 2005, Emma and Jeremy Borg's vinous adventure began when they were approached to make their own wine. Despite Jeremy's two decades of experience in the world of winemaking and Emma's expertise with wine photography, the couple was thrown into the deep end and had to bottle and cork the bounty of their friend's surplus grapes by hand.

The endeavor sparked their dreams of creating their own brand and so Painted Wolf was born. The inspiration came from the endangered African wild dog - highly social, organised, persistent and efficient hunters true to Emma and Jeremy's own vineyard hunts for their expanding range of wines.

Consequently, a percentage of profits from each bottle is donated to support charities dedicated to the conservation of the species, and the painted wolf proudly graces each of their labels. From organic Swartland vineyards to Cape South Coast cool climate sites, the couple has since established a network of esteemed growers and winemakers to ensure quality as grapes are hand-selected and some wines are

TPainted Wolf Wines supports the conservation of the highly endangered painted wolf (African wild dog) and the protection of the diminishing wild spaces of Africa, through its donations to the EWT – www.ewt.org.za and Tusk – www.tusk.org.  

Awards

  • 3.5 stars – Platter's Wine Guide 2020

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"Yet another triumph from the winemaking genius that is Jeremy Borg. It astounds me how much flavour he gets out of his wines. A real winemaking and blending skill. Beautiful tropical fruit, a soft but constant stream of refreshing acidity and enough wood/lees ageing to give fabulous texture and heaps of complexity & balance for the price point. At £12 this is a real triumph, this mouthfeel and flavour usually costs around £20 - at least. Works well either on its own or with food - just astounded by the flavours, texture and complexity at the price point. Painted Wolf range delivers with every drop." Tasted October 2023

Specifications

Year 2022
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 90% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13% ABV
Units of alcohol per bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Dietary Information Vegan & Vegetarian Approved
Food Matches Complementing such classic dishes as coronation chicken, trout with almonds, or even macaroni cheese.  Great value for good everyday drinking with enough class for special dinners, high days, and holidays.
Appellation W.O. Swartland