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Painted Wolf Black Pack Chenin Blanc 2021


About this Wine

The Painted Wolf Black Pack Chenin Blanc 2021 is a white wine that embodies the classic and much-loved characteristics of Chenin Blanc, yet also carries its own unique personality derived from the South African terroir. Chenin Blanc, originating from the Loire Valley in France, has found a second home in South Africa, where it has thrived and expressed a different aspect of its versatile character. This wine shows the ability of Chenin Blanc to adapt to its surroundings, with South Africa’s warm climate resulting in a richer, more fruit-forward expression compared to its French counterparts. Overall, the Painted Wolf Black Pack Chenin Blanc 2021 is an exceptional expression of South African Chenin Blanc – a wine that’s rich in flavour, layered with complexity, and perfectly balanced. It is a celebration of the Chenin Blanc grape’s adaptability and the unique South African terroir, offering a memorable wine experience that invites you to explore further.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vineyard Location: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable practices with dry farming
  • Harvesting: Hand-picked in the cool early morning hours to preserve the grapes’ natural flavours and acidity
  • Fermentation: Combination of stainless steel (for freshness and purity of fruit) and French oak barrels (for complexity and structure)
  • Oak Aging: Partially aged in French oak barrels for added depth and creamy vanilla undertones
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Bottling: Done at the winery to ensure quality and consistency

Scores & Reviews

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Stylish 21 (90 pts) confirms uptick in rating of 19 (90 pts). Intense tropical fruit marshalled by oak (now all French, 40% new, year) into rich & creamy yet tight structure, with subtle citrus extra. Precision, delight, above its price point. No 20.

Tasting Notes

The wine’s flavour profile is dominated by ripe tropical and citrus fruits, such as pineapple, mango, and tangy citrus, with the inclusion of stone fruit nuances like quince and pear. Underpinning this fruit-driven character is a subtle creaminess and a hint of oak, owing to the partial malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. This results in a well-rounded wine with a layered complexity that keeps you coming back for more. On the palate, the Painted Wolf Black Pack Chenin Blanc 2021 is full-bodied with a lively acidity, creating a harmonious balance and a mouth-filling texture. The finish is satisfyingly long and persistent, leaving lingering flavours of fruit and a hint of oak.