Chenin Blanc: South Africa’s White Wine
With almost half of the world’s Chenin Blanc vines, South Africa is the King of the varietal. Typical Chenin Blanc is full of fruit, smelling of apples, pears, and tropical fruits. In France, Chenin Blanc is the grape of Vouvray, resulting in lower alcohol sweeter wines. In South Africa, however, more and more dry styles are being produced. Coming from a country as hot as South Africa, these wines show amazing ripeness and a full body while still being refreshing and zesty. Fruit, floral notes, and sometimes even beeswax and honey jump out of the glass. Chill it down and drink it with spicy asian dishes or a light white fish, or just sip it on its own! Either way, these thirst quenching wines are sure to please! So give South Africa a try tonight!
M.A.N. Free Run Steen, Chenin Blanc, Paarl, South Africa – $8.77
From the winemaker:
The Agter-Paarl area is the ideal region for growing Chenin Blanc and our farmers have the largest collection of old vine Chenin Blanc in the country. To do justice to the excellent bush vine (un-trellised) grapes, we only use free-run juice – we don’t press the grape skins – and we leave the Chenin Blanc on its lees for three to four months before bottling for a richer, fuller mouthfeel. We call this our ‘sweet and sour’ wine – the acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced. We’ve been told many times that this is a wine you taste and immediately love – and who are we to disagree?
A versatile option for almost any dish – especially spicy Thai curries, Mediterranean tapas and rich seafood dishes. Great on its own too!
Ken Forrester, “Petit” Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa – $9.77
Perfect everyday drinking wine.
A youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours. Earlier picked freshness shows on palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and appetisingly tangy finish.