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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

Minimalist Chenin.

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 … [Read more...]

Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

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“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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]