Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2016
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: September 22, 2017
- Last modified: September 22, 2017
Similar to last year, this remains a value gem on our market, a varietally true Chenin at a killer price. And that's not even considering this is from 20- to 40-year-old Swartland vines, partially dry-farmed and partially wild-fermented. There's also parts of this wine that were fermented and aged in stainless, some with French oak staves and some with a good swath of earthy, funky lees and a long, slow ferment for mouthfeel and texture. Did I mention the price? Shiny and bright, with juicy pear, apple, light herbal lees and ample tight citrus on a well-cushioned palate. A splash of 10% Chardonnay seems redundant, but it works. Youthful, vibrant and likeable — stock up.