Taste: Dry: When the grapes are fermented dry and kept fresh, they produce a very lean, minerally style Chenin Blanc that offers up flavors of tart pear, quince, ginger, and chamomile.
Off-Dry: When some of the grapes’ natural sugars are left in the wine, you’ll taste richer flavors of ripe pear, ginger, jasmine, passion fruit, and honeycomb.
Sweet: Sweeter styles of Chenin Blanc have flavors of dried persimmon, toasted almond, mango, ginger, and mandarin orange.
Sparkling: Sparkling styles can range from dry (Brut) to sweet (Demi-Sec), with Chenin Blanc’s classic characteristics of quince, yellow apple, plum, ginger, and floral notes.
Style: two main styles which are fresh, vibrant white fruits, with a zest and crisp finish on the one hand and full ripe, rich wines with oak barrel fermentation and aging making for complex powerful wines on the other hand.
Description: Chenin Blanc in South Africa has extensive depth in terms of vineyards, terroir diversity and winemaking expertise. The grape’s exceptional versatility and the excellent selection of fruit available, due to the Cape Winelands’ wide terroir. While most South African Chenin Blanc wines are still made in a fresh and fruity style, which is changing. More and more producers are focussing on mature bush vines. The fact is unassailable; the most intensely flavoured Chenin Blanc wines come from older vines that have been carefully managed for balanced yields.
Food pairing: Think Sweet and Sour, Southeast Asian cuisine or pork chops. Meat pairings Veal, Trout, Chicken, Turkey. Cheese Pairings Soft to semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses, such as triple-cream brie.