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Chenin Blanc

This white grape is commonly grown in the Loire Valley of France, where it is known as Vouvray. It is also common in California where it is grown in the central valley and used in blends. As a stand alone varietal it makes white wines that are fragrant, high in acid and can be made from dry to medium sweet, as well as in dessert wines. In the Loire Valley town of Saumur, Chenin Blanc is used to make sparkling wines of notable quality. It is also known in the Loire Valley as Pineau de la Loire. It is the most widely planted grape in South Africa where its local name is Steen, although most South African producers are now labeling it as Chenin Blanc, and there is more Chenin Blanc in South Africa than in France.

Chenin Blanc has the ability to grow and even thrive in different places with different climates and soil types. Judging by the grape’s traditional home in the Loire Valley it seems that Chenin thrives in marginal climates, which means it likes weather on the cooler side. Interestingly, because of the high level of natural acidity, Chenin Blanc has the ability to age for many decades, and it increases in complexity as it ages. In South Africa some producers have recognized its potential and are specializing in producing this white grape. In South Africa a lot seems to depend on the soil type and success has been achieved with a combination of decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone. This is definitely one of the grapes that South Africa can do well and while there are many producers doing an excellent job, some producers to watch out for include Raats Family and Ken Forrester.


Buy your favorite Chenin Blanc Wines below. Click on the Name for Details
Label
Name Price Purchase
A. A. Badenhorst 'The Golden Slopes' Chenin Blanc 2016
A. A. Badenhorst 'The Golden Slopes' Chenin Blanc 2016 93 pts Tim Atkin MW
$44.99  
Anthonij Rupert Protea Chenin Blanc 2017
Anthonij Rupert Protea Chenin Blanc 2017 90 pts James Suckling
$14.99  
Beaumont 'Hope Marguerite' Chenin Blanc 2017
Beaumont 'Hope Marguerite' Chenin Blanc 2017
$31.99  
Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2017
Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2017
$12.99  
Edgebaston David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2015
5 Stars (*****) 2017 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
$29.99  
Fairview Darling Chenin Blanc 2016
Fairview Darling Chenin Blanc 2016 88 pts Vinous -
$12.99  
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016 sustainably grown
$8.99  
Ken Forrester 'The FMC' 2015 - 2 Bottles Left
Ken Forrester 'The FMC' 2015 94 pts Wine Advocate
$64.99  
Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016
Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016
$14.99  
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 5 Stars 2017 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
$29.99  
Painted Wolf Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015
Painted Wolf Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015 - from 30 year old vines
$19.99  
Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2017
Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2017 90 pts Decanter
$12.99  
Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017 ***
Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017 a beauty ...
$21.99  
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2017
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2017 another terrific effort - 90 pts Tim Atkin MW
$12.99  
Reyneke 'Vinehugger' White 2017
Reyneke 'Vinehugger' White 2017 100% Chenin Blanc - made from organic grapes
$14.99  
Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2015 - 1 Bottle Left
Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2015 extremely limited...
$24.99  
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2017
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2017 91 pts James Suckling
$10.99  
Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014
Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014
$13.99  
Terre Brulee 'Le Blanc' Chenin Blanc 2017 ***
Terre Brulee 'Le Blanc' Chenin Blanc 2017 fom 40 yr old vines out of the Swartland
$15.99  

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