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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 [...]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2014: Call for entries

The inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, is open to all South African Chenin Blanc producers. I will be chairing the panel and the other judges are: Jamie Goode, UK-based wine critic and founder of Wineanorak.com;  Carrie Adams, partner at Norman Goodfellows [...]

June 21, 2014
by Christian
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Stellenrust “48” Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2012

Yesterday the Chenin Blanc Winter Showcase hosted by the Chenin Blanc Association – wines made in a “richer, fuller, riper style” which will make good drinking in the cold months ahead available for tasting. Even so, I would contend there’s been a significant stylistic shift at the top-end of the category in the last decade [...]

April 17, 2014
by Christian
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Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

During the course of conversation with a colleague recently, I suggested that for all the excellence on show at the top end of the Chenin Blanc category, the variety went largely unappreciated by the average wine drinker and therefore the much touted renaissance begun some 15 years ago could be said to have failed. My [...]

October 14, 2013
by Christian
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Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

“Is it really possible to sell Chenin at R195 a bottle?” asked Tinus Els, cellarmaster of L’Avenir of Wendy Appelbaum, owner of DeMorgenzon at the “Summer Chenin Showcase” put on by the Chenin Blanc Association yesterday. 22 wines in a variety of styles including the DeMorgenzon Reserve 2006, with a suggested price of, yes, five [...]

October 12, 2012
by Christian
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Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2010

Chenin Blanc is unusually versatile, allowing for wines across a very broad stylistic spectrum as well as at good quality across all price points. This versatility, however, has proven to be something of a double-edged sword – the very lack of stylistic consistency serving to make wines from the variety difficult to understand for the [...]

March 13, 2012
by Christian
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