Chenin Blanc

Chenin blanc (known also as Pineau de la Loire among other names), 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, although i...

Chenin blanc (known also as Pineau de la Loire among other names), 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, although it can produce very bland, neutral wines if the vine's natural vigor is not controlled. Outside the Loire it is found in most of the New World wine regions; it is the most widely planted variety in South Africa, where it is also known as Steen. The grape may have been one of the first to be grown in South Africa by Jan van Riebeeck in 1655, or it may have come to that country with Huguenots fleeing France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Chenin blanc was often misidentified in Australia as well, so tracing its early history in the country is not easy. It may have been introduced in James Busby's collection of 1832, but C. Waterhouse was growing Steen at Highercombe in Houghton, South Australia by 1862.

It 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. In the unreliable summers of northern France, the acidity of under ripened grapes was often masked with chaptalization with unsatisfactory results, whereas now the less ripe grapes are made into popular sparkling wines such as Crémant de Loire. 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.

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A.A. Badenhorst
A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2016
Article code ADICHENIN16
* €10,95 * SRP
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The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes.
A.A. Badenhorst
A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2016
The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes.
*€10,95*SRP
Unit price: €14,60 / Liter
de Trafford
de Trafford Straw Wine N/V
Article code TRAFFORDSTRAW
* €32,95 * SRP
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Dried apricot, nuts, honey and burnt treacle. The palate is intensely sweet yet not cloying, fresh and lively yet richly oxidative with a long clean and complex finish.
de Trafford
de Trafford Straw Wine N/V
Dried apricot, nuts, honey and burnt treacle. The palate is intensely sweet yet not cloying, fresh and lively yet richly oxidative with a long clean and complex finish.
*€32,95*SRP
Unit price: €87,87 / Liter
Ernie Els
Ernie Els Big Easy White 2018
Article code ERNIEELSBEWHITE18
* €9,95 * SRP
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The tropical palate is richly textured with hints of wild herbs and Indian spice, adding complexity and good depth.
Ernie Els
Ernie Els Big Easy White 2018
The tropical palate is richly textured with hints of wild herbs and Indian spice, adding complexity and good depth.
*€9,95*SRP
Unit price: €13,27 / Liter
Holden Manz
Holden Manz Chenin Blanc 2018
Article code HMCHENIN18
* €15,95 * SRP
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An elegant lighted perfumed example of Chenin Blanc with symphonic notes of Jasmine, apple blossom and a whiff of peach.
Holden Manz
Holden Manz Chenin Blanc 2018
An elegant lighted perfumed example of Chenin Blanc with symphonic notes of Jasmine, apple blossom and a whiff of peach.
*€15,95*SRP
Unit price: €21,67 / Liter
Luddite Wines
Luddite Wines Chenin Blanc 2015
Article code LUDDITECHENIN15
* €29,95 * SRP
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Peachy apricot with hints of honey and spice come to the fore.Can tend to be reductive on certain days. Rich, mouth filling entry with yellow peach, melons, raisins and spice.
Luddite Wines
Luddite Wines Chenin Blanc 2015
Peachy apricot with hints of honey and spice come to the fore.Can tend to be reductive on certain days. Rich, mouth filling entry with yellow peach, melons, raisins and spice.
*€29,95*SRP
Unit price: €39,93 / Liter
Metzer Family Wines
Metzer Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2016
Article code METZERCHENIN16
* €19,95 * SRP
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100% Chenin blanc. A single-vineyard wine from a bushvine parcel planted in 1964.
Metzer Family Wines
Metzer Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2016
100% Chenin blanc. A single-vineyard wine from a bushvine parcel planted in 1964.
*€19,95*SRP
Unit price: €26,60 / Liter
Miles Mossop Wines
Miles Mossop Introduction White 2017
Article code MOSSOPINTROWHITE17
* €14,95 * SRP
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Ripe yellow and white stone fruit notes with underlying aromas of honeysuckle blossom and a hint of creamy lees notes.
Miles Mossop Wines
Miles Mossop Introduction White 2017
Ripe yellow and white stone fruit notes with underlying aromas of honeysuckle blossom and a hint of creamy lees notes.
*€14,95*SRP
Unit price: €19,93 / Liter
Miles Mossop Wines
Miles Mossop Wines Kika 2014 (375ml)
Article code MOSSOPKIKA14
* €22,50 * SRP
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This in an intense wine with complex aromas of dried apricot, peach and hints of ginger-spice and cinnamon. There are hints of roasted almonds and pine nuts.
Miles Mossop Wines
Miles Mossop Wines Kika 2014 (375ml)
This in an intense wine with complex aromas of dried apricot, peach and hints of ginger-spice and cinnamon. There are hints of roasted almonds and pine nuts.
*€22,50*SRP
Unit price: €60,00 / Liter
Raats
Raats "Original" Chenin Blanc 2016
Article code RAATSORIGINALCHENIN16
* €13,95 * SRP
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There is a distinctive yellow apple, pineapple, alongside with notes of green melon and lime.
Raats
Raats "Original" Chenin Blanc 2016
There is a distinctive yellow apple, pineapple, alongside with notes of green melon and lime.
*€13,95*SRP
Unit price: €18,60 / Liter
The Kitchen Sink
The Kitchen Sink White 2016
Article code KITCHENWHITE16
* €13,50 * SRP
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The bright yellow fruit follows through on the palate which is marked by a rich texture and a soft, balanced acidity.
The Kitchen Sink
The Kitchen Sink White 2016
The bright yellow fruit follows through on the palate which is marked by a rich texture and a soft, balanced acidity.
*€13,50*SRP
Unit price: €18,00 / Liter