Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2014
A rich full bodied lightly wooded wine with tropical flavours of creamy pineapple, melon and vanilla. The wine has a lovely texture with a long finish with just enough acid to keep it really fresh and vibrant.
87 pts Stephen Tanzer/Vinous 2015
2014 Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc The Den Pale straw-yellow. Exotic honeysuckle suggestion of botrytis adds interest to the aromas of peach, orange blossom, toast and nuts (this was done entirely in stainless steel). Supple and easygoing, offering modest nuance and persistence. Fairly glyceral, surprisingly dry wine. Serve with line fish: the catch of the day.
The Chenin Blanc is harvested off a number of blocks on Leeuwenkuil. The grapes are from blocks which are irrigated, dry farmed blocks and from vines of 20 to 40 years old. This wine was made from ripe grapes picked to deliver a rich flavour and texture. The wine was fermented at 15 Celsius until about 10 balling and then cooled down to 10 degrees where it continued to slowly ferment for a further 3-4 months building glycerol in the wine.