Nederburg Tasting Centre

OK! So I missed Chenin Blanc Day! Forgive me! I was in Franschhoek drinking beer but that is another story. Any how it is today June 19 and there is absolutely no reason why you cannot and should not drink Chenin Blanc EVERY day of your life. I love it and it has so many facets I call it the Chameleon wine. Here are some chosen from the ones I am drinking at the moment. They are NOT the most exclusive, they are NOT the most expensive–VERY MUCH A RANDOM COLLECTION. Search them out and try them.

Chenin Blanc (also called Steen in SA) is the Madonna of the wine industry, continually proving that it can be all things to all people, and reinventing itself at the snap of a finger.

 

Almost 19% of South Africa’s vineyards are planted with Chenin Blanc vines, making it the biggest varietal by tonnage. The Loire Valley in France, traditionally the home of Chenin production, does not produce as much. A lot of this juice is distilled and lands up as brandy, but the rest is turned into some truly delicious wines. From fruity, almost crisp, unwooded charmers, with low acids that won’t strip the palate off you, to wooded, smoky wines with tangy honeyed nuances, to succulent raisiny Late Harvest delights packed with sultana flavours, Chenin delivers on all fronts.

Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc. Superb freshness matched by complexity and structure, and ripe apricot, white peach and floral flavours with a hint of spice.

Survivor Chenin Blanc 2020 and the limited release Survivor Bushvine Chenin Blanc Reserve 2019 showcase the best of what the hardy Swartland can produce.

WELGEGUND  Heritage Chenin Magnificent old vines yield superb fruit with nuances of stone fruit packed with the flavours of summer

FAT BASTARD CHENIN Half wooded adding another dimension–deliciously rich and complex, very good value.