2020 Chenin Blanc, Simonsvlei, Paarl, South Africa
2019 The Den Chenin Blanc, Painted Wolf Wines, Swartland, South Africa
This wine has a bright aroma and flavour of tropical fruit. Honeydew melon, guava and pineapple with an under lying savoury minerality and a lick of wood. The wine has a great texture and a long, layered finish with bright acidity keeping it fresh and vibrant.
The den Chenin blanc is delicious on its own. The wine is beautifully balanced with concentrated flavour. It is a versatile partner at the table complementing such classis dishes as coronation chicken, trout with almonds or even macaroni cheese. Great value for good everyday drinking with enough class for special dinners, high days and holidays.
Chenin blanc is harvested from a number of blocks in the Swartland region, both irrigated and dry farmed vines of various ages between 10 and 30 years old. 10% oak aged Chardonnay was blended in to the 2019 vintage for added depth.
2018 Anjou Chenin Sec, Chateau de Fesles, Loire Valley, France
This a very expressive Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. It has a generous weight and richness with a wonderful combination of quince, dried fruits and a hint of elderflower on the palate.
2019 Saumur Blanc 'Le Petit-Saint-Louis', Chateau de Montgueret, Loire Valley, France
This delightful dry Chenin Blanc from the Loire is an excellent introduction to this wonderful, yet often overlooked, grape variety. Although there is a lovely, crunchy apple, acidity to the wine, it has the texture to balance. Alongside the apple is a slightly richer, ripe melon and quince note that fits perfectly.