My first day in the cellar at Gabrielskloof was a busy one. This cellar is shared by Peter-Allan Finlayson (who makes Crystallum wines, and also Gabrielskloof, his wife Nicolene’s family winery), John Seccombe (Thorne and Daughters), and Marelise Niemann (Momento), and this means there’s plenty going on. The day started with some pressing of Chenin Blanc. [...]
Growing grapes has always been a challenge. In the past three years, the changing conditions in vineyards have made it even more difficult. Winemakers and vineyard managers the world over are adapting to a dryer and hotter growing season. South Africa’s […] The post Simonsig 2016 Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Had a look at some samples yesterday after getting home from New Zealand, and these two, from Domaine Gayda, stood out. Gayda Figure Libre Chenin Blanc 2015 Pays d’Oc, France 13.5% alcohol. Organic farming, sandstone soils, 200 m altitude. Harvested in two tries, with 10% botrytis, and fermented in concrete egg. Full yellow colour. This has a lovely [...]
This textured white wine, from the Anjou region of the Loire Valley, is a beautiful expression of the chenin blanc grape.
[...] when Chardonnay was crowned king in the 1980s, surrounded by a royal court of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, Chenin got the hook. “I was always looking for an alternative white, a good variety that could maintain acidity,” said...Show More Summary
La Coulée de Serrant (Chateau de la Roche aux Moines) is a domaine with a narrow focus. It’s just whites. Just Chenin Blanc. Just dry wines. But it is this narrow focus that has contributed to its fame. These are distinctive wines from a distinctive terroir, and they are not without controversy. Some regard this [...]
Warren Ellis, son of Neil, showed me this wine on a recent trip to South Africa. It’s a blend of Palomino from Piekeneerskloof (450 m, Table Mountain sandstone soils), with a touch of Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc. All old vines. The interesting thing about this wine is the lees contact: it’s even bottled with [...]
It was in front of their eyes the entire time, and finally they realized what they had. The "what" that we're talking about is the chenin blanc grape variety, and the "they" are the winemakers of South Africa. It took a long time, but eventually they put one and one together, and realized that...
Tasted some nice Chenins lately. It’s such an interesting and adaptable grape variety. Raats Granite Block Chenin Blanc 2015 Coastal Region, South Africa Very fruity mandarin and lime notes with some pear richness. Hints of herbs with a nice bright mineral edge to the fruit. Lovely precision to this bright wine with plenty of flavour but a [...]
Episode 394 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Clement Baraut of the eponymous Domaine in Anjou, within the Loire Valley of France. A friend once told me that Chenin Blanc is humidity for the soul, and I think I know what she was trying to get at. Show More Summary
In 1968, Warren Bogle planted Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc on his property in Clarksburg as a sort of experiment. Jody’s grandfather, founder Warren Bogle, was a teenager at the time. In 1978, they got a letter from August Sebastiani saying he didn’t need their grapes anymore. Show More Summary
Corlea Fourie is the winemaker behind Bosman Family Vineyards, based in the Wellington region of South Africa. I caught up with her to taste some interesting new releases, including the fabulous Optenhorst Chenin Blanc, made from vines planted in 1952. Bosman Fides 2013 Wellington, South Africa This is a skin-fermented Grenache Blanc. This particular vintage had 8 [...]
I love this wine so much. I had it with Doug Wregg at Terroirs. It’s Chenin Blanc at its best. Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Clos Romans Saumur 2012 Loire, France Chenin Blanc on tufa (limestone). Very spicy, smoky and linear with a hint of hay and bright lemony acidity. Such precision here with amazing linear acidity. [...]
Chenin blanc is not a grape that people ooh and ahh over. Typically it’s the cheap wine on the by-the-glass list that you select only because you don’t drink chardonnay and you just don’t trust that New Zealand sauvignon blanc to… Continue reading ?
Patrick Cappiello and Pascaline Lepeltier presented this Chenin tasting at Texsom. ‘I deeply believe that Chenin is the best white grape in the world,’ says Pascaline, a very highly regarded sommelier. She’s been working in New York for the last eight years, but she grew up in the Loire, and is a keen evangelist for Loire [...]
Here’s a short film of the judging of the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition
South Africa is making a name for itself with chenin blanc — or at least it’s trying to, and recently a number of vintners from the region banded together to showcase how chenin blanc was evolving in the country. (More… Continue reading ?
This is the much talked about high-end South African Chenin Blanc from one of the grape’s greatest ambassadors. I managed to catch up with Shawn Mathyse, a young winemaker who works with Ken on some of his small lot projects like this, and he told me more about it. It’s a 100% Chenin from a [...]
These white wines call to mind chenin blanc, viognier or marsanne.
Domaine Huet 2013 Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg Loire Valley Severely allocated due to demand and small production, this Chenin Blanc has an inimitable personality... Ian Cauble