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 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

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  1. Radley & Finch Chenin Blanc

    Radley & Finch Chenin Blanc

    $12.94

    Sourced from across the broad Western Cape region of South Africa, Radley & Finch offers this Chenin Blanc at an attractive entry-level price. Grapes were sourced from both bush vines and trellised vines primarily in the Agter Paarl and Swartland regions. Winemaker Thinus Kruger primarily utilized indigenous yeasts in a particularly slow fermentation to develop complexity. The result is a citrusy and yellow fruited profile with hints of spice and grain. It is ready to drink right now, but will fill out and add complexity for a couple of years. Learn More
  2. Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc

    Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc

    $13.94

    Vibrant, showing green plum, green almond and pear skin notes that display a juicy, vigorous feel through the medium-weight finish. Learn More
  3. Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc

    Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc

    $14.94

    The grapes used to produce this wine originate from California's famous Clarksburg appellation. It displays all the wonderful elements characteristic of this varietal. Specifically, this wine exhibits intense fruity notes of gooseberry, white peach and nectarine. To experience the intense, fresh fruity aromas and flavors, Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc should be enjoyed young and chilled. Best served with veal, poultry, Oriental dishes or alone as an aperitif. Learn More
  4. Cape Original Chenin Blanc

    Cape Original Chenin Blanc

    $14.94

    An inspired blend of Chenin Blanc, South Africa's most widely planted white grape, and Grenache Blanc - Together, they make a divinely fruity match with lots of lemon and tropical fruit flavours - As happy with a bowl of olives as with a feast of chargrilled fish. Learn More
  5. Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc

    Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc

    $16.94

    Upfront tropical, guava flavors on the nose and ripe peach and pineapple aromas that follow through to the palate. This wine is an excellent example of a rich and ripe bush vine Chenin Blanc style with fresh, flinty flavors and a long, clean, crisp aftertaste. Learn More
  6. Bloem Chenin Blanc Viognier

    Bloem Chenin Blanc Viognier

    $19.94

    The Bloem wines are produced at Noble Hill Winery, located 27 miles east of Cape Town. The estate is named after Noble Hill, a rocky outcropping that rises behind the vineyard, its strata serving as a gentle reminder of that which has not changed since the farm was established in 1674. Noble Hill produces single-vineyard estate wines, made to reflect the soil, climate and geology of the Simonsberg area. They use beetles and ducks for pest control instead of chemicals, and nitrogen-enriching cover crops instead of fertilizer, and the result is a sustainable ecosystem that supports diverse flora and fauna. This white is a blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier, combining the fruitiness of the former with the weight and earthiness of the latter; citrus blossom and stone fruit aromas are followed by creamy peach flavors and a crisp finish. Learn More
  7. Dom De Vaufuget Vouvray 2014

    Dom De Vaufuget Vouvray 2014

    $19.94

    " The wine gives a sweet sensation with a dry finish on the palate. A concentration of rich flavors develop fruity aromas such as fresh grapes and ripe quinces with slight honey notes. Vouvray wines can be kept for many years. 100% Chenin Blanc. " Learn More
  8. 2013 Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Sec

    2013 Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Sec

    $20.99

    Dryer than "Demi Sec", Vouvray "Sec" is another example of wonders Chenin Blanc can achieve in the Loire Valley. Bottled at our 15th century estate, this wine is made with dedication to tradition and skillful use of modern methods of vinification. Enjoy the flowery bouquet and citrus aromas with seafood and fish Learn More
  9. M De Mulonniere Chenin Blanc

    M De Mulonniere Chenin Blanc

    $22.94

    The green skinned grapes of the Chenin Blanc varietal are used for a wide range of different wines. In their native home of France, they are used for the production of some excellent sparkling crémants, or allowed to develop noble rot, which intensifies their natural sweetness and produces some unusual and intense flavors In most countries around the world, though, Chenin Blanc grapes are used for the production of high quality still white wines, which have the ability to express the finer features of the terroir they are grown on. Many winemakers like to age their Chenin Blanc wines in oak or chestnut barrels, which adds an extra layer of complexity to the wines. These grapes thrive best in heavy clay soils, and ripen late in the season, when their natural flavors can come through fully. Learn More
  10. 2010 Domaine de Juchepie Le Clos

    2010 Domaine de Juchepie Le Clos

    $31.94

    Produced of 100% Chenin grapes, the cuvée "Le Clos" has been harvested and fermented in the same way as "Les Monts". It is an assembly of our best parcels, Which are usefull Those with the thinnest layer clay. The proximity of the bedcrock results in a wine expressing still more minerality. Learn More
  11. Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Demi-Sec

    Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Demi-Sec

    $34.94

    Pre-dinner drink or afternoon wine Dry sausages, ham, and “charcuterie” in general Fish or white meat with cream spicy sauce Oriental spicy Dishes Cuisine that mix sweet and salt Goat cheese and blue cheese Fruit tart Serve at 8°C (46°F) Learn More
  12. MARY DELANY Chenin Blanc Botanica

    MARY DELANY Chenin Blanc Botanica

    $39.94

    Produced from 50-year-old vines grown in our finest Chenin Blanc ward. The Citrusdal Mountain ward is home to our most sought-after Chenin Blancs, including the likes of Alheit Vineyards’ Magnetic North Mountain Makstok, Anthonij Rupert’s Van Lill and Visser, and The Sadie Family’s Skurfberg. These are modern Chenin Blanc benchmarks made from a finite source of high altitude old vines that speak of their unique terroir. What these wines have in common is a telltale saline minerality and purity of fruit. Learn More

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