I’m trying hard to get my head around Chenin Blanc, but it’s a difficult grape to understand. What does Chenin taste like? Very hard to answer. Here are three good examples. But I wouldn’t say these are typical Chenin because I don’t know what typical Chenin is.
Christian Chenin Blanc 2006 Barossa
12% alcohol. Hand picked, basket pressed, barrel fermented in French oak, made by Christian Canute of Rusden. Very interesting wine: subtly toasty, herby, slightly cabbagey with some pear fruit as well as citrus pith freshness. A nice, fresh style. 90/100 (this came from Caviste, Overton)
Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2007 Coastal Region, South Africa
14% alcohol. Full yellow colour. Intense nose of fig, toast and peach with some citrus freshness. The palate has toast and vanilla, but also peach, pear and fruit notes as well as lively citrus freshness. It’s a full-on style, but there’s real interest here. 91/100
Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 South Africa
14% alcohol. There’s just a hint of botrytis here, adding complexity. Very appley with some herb notes on the nose. The palate is fresh, spicy and fruity (pear, apple) with some apricot richness. A rich yet fresh wine with some complexity. 90/100 (Marks & Spencer)
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