Chenin Blanc

grape varieties

Chenin is the most versatile variety of all and is able to produce sparkling wine, dry whites – with or without oak maturation, off dry and sweet wines. The fabulous wines from the Loire Valley in France produces some fine examples of austere and textured dry white wines with piercing but well integrated acidity as well as the legendary semi sweet and full sweet Vouvray wines. There are also significant plantings in Anjou, however, most seem to have been uprooted and replanted by other varieties that have found favour. Although there are plantings in the US (mostly outside of California), most of the New World Chenin is found in South Africa. It is well suited to the warm Mediterranean climate and is seen to be the work horse variety for many decades in the Western Cape. Recently, South African Chenin has found prominence internationally with the resurgence of more modern winemaking applications and better vineyard management. The aromatics are typically pears, peach, litchi , white flowers and may show some tropical notes. The natural acidity adds to the structure and balance of the total expression of the wine.