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Circumstance Chenin Blanc 2009

Hot or not?

Waterkloof in Somerset West became a Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champion in 2008 and this year began the process towards official accreditation as a biodynamic farm. One of the most visible differences to conventional farming is the eight … [Read more...]

Jean Daneel Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2006

Scruffy label. Very tidy wine.

What is to become of the Chenin Blanc Challenge now that Wine magazine is no longer? Held for the first time in 1996, it was the longest running of any of the wine competitions convened by the title and played at least a small role in rehabilitating … [Read more...]

Topical pic: a return to form for Lizelle Gerber?

Lizelle Gerber of Boschendal.

During a stint at Avontuur which lasted from 1999 to after the 2002 harvest, winemaker Lizelle Gerber emerged as a one of the hottest talents around, picking up accolade after accolade for wines across the style spectrum. She subsequently moved to … [Read more...]

Topical pic: The multi-talented Erika Obermeyer

No one trick pony.

Graham Beck winemaker Erika Obermeyer seems as adept with Chenin Blanc as Sauvignon Blanc. Last year  her Pheasants' Run Sauvignon Blanc 2010 achieved the notable double of placing among the winners of Wine magazine's Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc … [Read more...]

Topical pic: Kleine Zalze’s Mr Consistency

Kleine Zalze's Johan Joubert.

Kleine Zalze's Johan Joubert toasts his Cellar Selection Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2010 rating 4 Stars and placing among the Top 12 at this year's Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. The Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2008 rated 5 Stars and was Best … [Read more...]

Topical pic: Who says Chenin needs oak?

4 Star Chenin at R34.99 a bottle. Happy days are here again.

Among the Top 12 wines at this year's Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge, there were three wines that were unwooded: Kanu 2009, Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines 2010 and Leopard's Leap 2010, which were all rated 4 Stars, while the title of … [Read more...]