Painted Wolf Wines • Paarl • Jeremy Borg
Painted Wolf Our Pack Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017
An elegant wine with flavours of peach, lime, vanilla and a stony minerality. The wine has a lovely finessed texture with a long finish with just enough acid to keep it fresh and vibrant. The wine is sealed with a natural cork. 7200 bottles produced.
Chenin Blanc is harvested from two vineyards, Southern Cross in Simondium Paarl, and Leeuwenkuil in the Swartland. The vines on Southern Cross are dry farmed on granite soils, and are 28 years old. Leeuwenkuil has shale soils with vines of 15 years old. The split is 75% Swartland fruit and 25% Paarl fruit.
Southern Cross grapes were picked at 20 balling and fermented on heavy lees in 500 litre seasoned barrels for minerality – this wine went through malolactic fermentation. The Leeuwenkuil fruit was much riper and was fermented in barrel with wild yeast in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. Fermentation has been very slow.
This wine will develop in bottle over the coming 3-4 years, gaining complexity as it develops in the bottle.
The Wild Yeast Barrel Fermented Chenin is a complex layered wine, suitable for country cooking with a French feel.
Awards & Accolades
Platter – 3.5 stars
88+ Steve Tanzer USA
Silver medal Old Mutual Trophy wine show 2014
Classic Wine Magazine 3.5 stars
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