Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2019
Jeremy 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. These are delicious, complex wines, made with a great cause as the beneficiary. Proceeds from his sales are donated to a wildlife conservation trust that helps save wild African dogs from extinction – hence the name “Painted Wolf”. If you’re fond of that white wine style that sits somewhere between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, then this is a wine for you. We call it a “porch pounder”!
Enjoy with grilled fish tacos, ceviche, fresh salads, goat cheese, fried calamari, Thai chicken curries or
chicken satay with peanut sauce, a bucket of popcorn and a movie! Extremely versatile.
The fruit for this Chenin Blanc is hand harvested off a number of low yielding blocks on Leeuwenkuil farm. Some fruit comes from irrigated blocks while other fruit comes from dry farmed blocks. Vineyards range from 20 to years of age. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 60 degrees F until about 10 balling, then cooled down to 45 degrees F, where it continued to slowly ferment for a further 2 months, building glycerol in the wine. There is a small portion of Chenin that gets barrel fermented as well and then used as a blending component in this wine – as needed – for texture. This wine is bottled fairly young, after being tank stabilized. Focus is on creating length and palate
texture, with racy acidity.