Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape variety from the Loire Valley of France. Its high acidity means it can be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines. Outside the Loire it is found in most of the New World wine regions; it is the most widely planted variety in South Africa and may have been one of the first to be grown there, and was grown in South Australia by 1862.

The grape provides a fairly neutral palate for the expression of terroir, vintage variation and the winemaker's treatment. In cool areas the juice is sweet but high in acid with a full-bodied fruity palate.

The white wines of the Anjou AOC are perhaps the best expression of Chenin as a dry wine, with flavors of quince and apples. In nearby Vouvray AOC they aim for an off-dry style, developing honey and floral characteristics with age. In the best vintages the grapes can be left on the vines to develop noble rot, producing an intense, viscous dessert wine which may improve considerably with age.


Vouvray Comte de la Boisserie

Domaine Auguste Bonhomme
Vouvray

Chenin Blanc 100%

A ripe rounded medium dry white wine with apple flavours and a hint of honey. Rich, with succulent layers of ripe peach, honey, apricot and ginger that linger through a creamy finish. A great Loire Chenin Blanc.

ABV 12.0%

Coteaux du Layon 'Les Roches Fortes'

Domaine des Haute Brosses
Rochefort sur Loire, Loire, France

Chenin Blanc 100%

Mouth is fresh and slightly mellow, where the fruit (quince, pineapple) mixes with the floral touches (acacia, linden) . Long and persistent fresh finish.

ABV 11.0%

Coteaux du Layon 'Louis d'Or'

Domaine des Haute Brosses
Rochefort sur Loire, Loire, France

Chenin Blanc 100%

Perfect with Foie-gras or smoked salmon, blue cheese, all desserts and cakes.

ABV 11.5%

Hazy View Chenin Blanc

Hazy View
South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

This inexpensive example shows what the grape can do if vinified carefully — peaches and pears on the nose with some more pears on the palate and a fresh clean finish.

ABV 12.5%

Guru Chenin Blanc

Hoopenburg The Guru
South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

A refreshing, fragrant summer wine with notes of lychee and kiwi. A good balance of fruit and acidity on the mid-palate with a clean finish

ABV 13.5%

Hoopenburg 'Bushvine' Chenin Blanc

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

A refreshing, fragrant summer wine with notes of lychee and kiwi. A good balance of fruit and acidity on the mid-palate with a clean finish

ABV 13.5%

Stonedale Chenin Blanc

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

This is a very fruity, but dry Chenin Blanc expressing fresh citrus flavours together with lovely floral aromas of dried apple and musk sweets. The palate is crispy as a result of a good balancing acidity, complimented with a lingering aftertaste.

ABV 12.0%


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