Painted Wolf Lycaon Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2019

Painted Wolf Lycaon Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2019

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Grapes were harvested from two adjacent blocks of unirrigated 45 year old vines planted in 1974 in the “horse shoe” just above the town of Wellington. The vines grow in Tukulu soil, a well-drained decomposed granite soil, yellow brown in colour. The vineyard is a certified heritage vineyard under South Africa’s Old Vine Project, designed to preserve the surviving old vineyards of South Africa. Grapes were whole-bunch pressed and settled before being fermented in 550-litre barrels with natural wild yeast. The press was very gentle, yielding only around 550 litres of juice per tonne for optimum quality. The wine was matured in barrels (20% new) with the lees being stirred once a month for 5 months. A total of 2,760 bottles were produced. The label illustration is from a page in an 18th century book on hunting in Southern Africa, a time when painted wolves were common throughout the region. Bottled at 13.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Beautiful aromas of orange blossom and pear with a hint of almonds.

Palate: On entry, sweet stone fruit characters of peaches and nectarines. Mid-palate has a more creamy and slightly waxy texture, with layers of white flesh fruit like apples and pears.

Finish: Refreshing acidity balancing the creamy character of the wine. Nutty, long, soft and rewarding finish.


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Painted Wolf Lycaon Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2019