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Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2021

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About this Wine

The Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2021 offers a vibrant and refreshing experience of South African Chenin Blanc. This Chenin Blanc vines are nurtured in the fertile soils of the Western Cape. This terroir, coupled with abundant sunshine and cool breezes, contributes to the development of the crisp freshness and aromatic complexity intrinsic to the Chenin Blanc varietal. The den wines are social wines to be enjoyed with friends and family, named for the den, the heart of all African wild dog communities. Jeremy the winemaker likes to use a combination of spontaneous ferments as well as cultured yeasts. He chases texture, but demands crispness with his wines. He likes a delicate mix of barrel aged Chenin along with primarily tank fermented juice.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vineyard Location: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable farming practices
  • Harvesting: Grapes are hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness to ensure optimal flavor concentration
  • Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures to preserve the varietal’s characteristic freshness
  • Aging: Aged on lees to add complexity and texture
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Bottling: Bottled at the winery to maintain quality and consistency

Scores & Reviews

3 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

 

Tasting Notes

Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2021 beckons you with its bright flavors and captivating aromas that truly reflect South African Chenin Blanc. The nose reveals an enticing blend of ripe peach, green apple, and tropical fruits, backed by subtle floral undertones and a hint of honey. On the palate, the vibrant fruit flavors are balanced by a crisp acidity, giving the wine a refreshing and well-rounded profile. Notes of juicy peach and apple meld seamlessly with a touch of honey and a hint of minerality, creating a wine that is both lively and complex. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lingering impression of the bright fruit flavors and a whisper of honeyed sweetness. This wine pairs wonderfully with a wide range of foods, from seafood and poultry to creamy pasta dishes, making it an excellent choice for any occasion.