Landskroon Wine Estate is a 5th generation family owned and managed wine estate. Each Cellarmaster during those 5 generations has been named Paul. Paul V and his team of Winemaker Fanie Geyser and Assistant Winemaker Kaylin Baxter continue to climb to the heights of perfection with their wines.
A bit about Chenin Blanc in South Africa. It is the largest planted wine grape red or white in South Africa. Our vineyards are 6 times larger than those of its ancestral home, The Loire Valley in central France. I have always felt that we could ’take ownership’ of Chenin Blanc. Unkindly referred to as The Workhorse Grape, I think it is more of a thoroughbred racehorse shining in every race it runs. From the finest most delicate dry wine, through to Cap Classiques, Sherry Style Wines and fortified sweeties.
The Landskroon Chenin Blanc 2021 is a shining example of an excellent quaffer, sipper and food wines. Paul uses free run juice and some light pressings to get what he wants out of their grapes. After fermentation, the wines are blended and prepared for bottling. No oak maturation takes place.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is of their ‘new design’, elegant and so worthy of the quality wine inside. In the glass, the wine is a magnificent pale lemony hay in colour with some youthful lime green flashes. When I taste a wine like this, I think of all the boxes which need to be ticked. They all get their mark with this wine. The aromas are of white guava, sweet tropical limes, and white flowers. The palate on entry has a delicate acidity line running through it. The wine is rich and generous, beautifully fruited. A lovely glass and such easy drinking – and this is not damning it with faint praise. It’s just lovely to sip away at it. A made for immediate drinking wine.
I always think of a large buttery organic roast chicken when I think of a food companion for Chenin Blanc – the Landskroon Chenin Blanc 2021 is made for chicken. Here I offer my Chicken Salad with a Curry Mayonnaise, my adaptation of Rosemary Hume’s Coronation Chicken which she prepared for a lunch for Queen Elizabeth 2 at her Coronation, 70 years ago. Click HERE for my recipe.
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