#newwinethisweek Week 15 – Chenin Blanc, South Africa

I am so glad that Mike over at http://www.pleasebringmemywine.com has taken over the reigns for the next couple of weeks. Firstly I am enjoying a very relaxing break in Devon, where it seems WiFi is in a thing of mystery (hence I’m a day late with this post!) and secondly he has made an awesome choice for week 15 of #newwinethisweek…

We enjoyed a red New World classic with Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra last week; this week we can look forward to a white new world champion, Chenin Blanc from South Africa:


South Africa

Chenin is rightly associated with the Loire in France but it has also become the signature white grape of South Africa, where it has been grown since the seventeenth century. These days it is the most planted white variety in the country and the grapes produce delicious, great value whites with lots of fruity character and delicious, mouthwatering acidity. Stellenbosch and Paarl are both excellent regions, with Swartland also beginning to up the ante.

I think we’re in for another brilliant week on #newwinethisweek; here are a few recommendations from me:

Finest Chenin Blanc 2012, Swartland (Tesco £7.49)

Taste the Difference Chenin Blanc 2012, Western Cape (Sainsbury’s £8.00)

Morgenhof Chenqin Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch (Waitrose £11.99)

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2012, Bot River (The Wine Society £16.50)

Jordan Chenin Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch (Wine and the Vine £10.99)


Don’t forget to head on over to Mike’s blog to give South African a Chenin a Blanc a score and a review… Get involved!





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Posted on April 15, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love SA Chenin Blanc, or as they call it, Steen. I’d recommend Ken Forrester and Raats. Cheers !

    • I had a fantastic bottle of Ken Forrester Chenin at an amazing new Japanese place in London called Flesh & Buns (amazing place!). Good body, loads of fresh apple fruit and a delightful touch of honey – everything I’m looking for from Chenin.

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