According to well known British Wine Writer, Jancis Robinson, Chenin Blanc is the most versatile of wine grapes. Thought to have been brought here by Jan van Riebeek in 1655 or the French Huguenots in the 1690s. Our national Chenin Blanc Vineyard is six times the size of its home in the Loire Valley in France. And it is the most widely planted wine grape in our vineyards. Reason to cleebrate.
I have been tasting some great Chenin Blancs lately, and here are my notes…
Landskroon used to make to Chenin Blancs, a dry and an off dry. Today they only have the dry and it is wrapped in the elegant new livery, so appropriate for this wine.
In the glass, a light straw in colour. Aromas of guava, white flowers, honey and yellow apples. Crisp and fresh on the palate with flavours of ripe white fleshed peaches and sweet tropical limes. Long ending. Drink now.
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From the cooler part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, the Banghoek Valley, a fine oaked Chenin Blanc. White fleshed peaches, on the nose, mingles with melon, mango and desiccated pineapple. The palate is rich and generous with a lovely mouthfeel, sipping honeysuckle flowers, the oak and its concomitant spices. An impressive glass by Nic van Aarde.
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Simonsig Chenin Blanc was the first wine released by founder Frans Malan in 1968, the first estate bottled Chenin Blanc in the country. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright hay colour with flashes of lime green with all the classical Chenin Blanc aromas. The entry to the palate is a grand affair. Tropical fruits, granadilla, desiccated pineapple, melon and yellow apples. Lovely line of lemony acidity running through into the long aftertaste.
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Made by Anton Swarts, Cape Wine Master, member of the Spier Wine Making team. A wine which has undergone treatment by a machine quaintly called a Spinning Cone which removes excess alcohol. Unwooded, and classic Chenin Blanc, crisp fruity, apples and pears and a touch of litchi and white flowers. Perfect as an aperitif wine. And delicious with delicately flavoured dishes.
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