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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 … [Read more...]

Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Vouvray 2001

Benchmark stuff.

Wouldn’t it be great if Nando’s or Ocean Basket sponsored an annual Chenin Blanc Challenge – the best examples served in casual dining restaurants across the land? Yesterday a blind tasting of 11 local examples interspersed with four French wines … [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...]

Stellenrust 46 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2010


Always nice when a wine doesn’t conform to your preconceived idea about it. Last night a bottle of Stellenrust 46 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2010 (from 46-year-old bush vines as designated on the label) which I anticipated would be rich and … [Read more...]

Stellenrust Old Bush Vine Cinsaut 2011

The start of something big.

Scrutinise this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results and you’ll notice a Cinsaut 2011 from Stellenrust in Stellenbosch won a silver medal in the “best niche red varieties” class. Though Cinsaut plantings have declined dramatically over the … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more … [Read more...]