Day 3 — Chenin Blanc

SAWineLockdown Mar 29, 2020

As with Days 1 and 2 of the Lockdown series, this will be a very short intro/101 of Chenin Blanc. For a more in-depth look and some tasting notes please read this article.

Similarly to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc can grow in almost all climates (that are conducive to grape growing) and can be made into a number of different styles.

In South Africa, Chenin Blanc is the most planted varietal and is used to produce dry white wine, sweet wine, sparkling wine and even brandy.

Oldenburg Vineyards Chenin Blanc
Oldenburg Vineyards Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc wines originating from cooler areas (e.g. Elgin) tend to be unwooded with a lime green colour and light fruity flavours. Warmer area Chenin Blanc wines (e.g. Stellenbosch) tend to produce wooded wines of golden colour with tropical fruit flavours.

Chenin Blanc is a very versatile wine and can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a meal. Lighter bodied, zesty and fruity Chenins are a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc whenever you fancy something different.

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Alicia de Wet

Web developer, wine enthusiast, blogger, South African living in London. WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, studying towards Level 3. Sipping my way through all wines SA has on offer. Follow my journey!

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