I always felt sad when I heard them calling Chenin Blanc, the workhorse of the industry, other varieties are referred to as The Heartbreak Grape and the noble Semillon was called Groendruif, Green grape. Chenin Blanc is a major grape variety with its origins in the Loire Valley in central France. The plantings in South Africa are six times those of its home. Chenin Blanc is the most planted wine grape in the country. The grape is used for anything from Sherry, Brandy, Sweet fortified wine, through sparkling wine to the palest most delicate whites. Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2017 is a fine example of a gently oaked Chenin Blanc, from the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.
The grapes for the Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2017 are harvested by hand and then taken to the cellar where they are destalked and crushed. 65% of the wine is tank fermented, while the remainder are fermented in French Oak Barrels. Maturation took place in French oak barrels, half of which were new. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottled under screw cap with the elegant Oldenburg grey and silver label with Chenin Blanc printed in black. In the glass, the wine is pale golden straw with lime green flashes.
It smells like
Classical Chenin ripe tropical guava with an undertow of fynbos honey. White tropical flowers. Whiffs of marzipan.
It tastes like
There is a golden thread of acidity running through the wine from entry to a long and gently waning aftertaste. Wrapped around it is a full palate of generous fruit and a soft minerality. Refreshing wine to drink – excellent with food.
It’s good with
I have always thought that Chenin excels with Oriental food. BUT, it is fabulous with a large organic butter roasted Chicken. Nina Timm’s Granny’s Roast Chicken is a perfect example of a great roast. Nina asks “how did she know about umami?” Click here for her recipe.
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