Chenin Blanc has been overlooked and underappreciated for so many years in the Cape. But you know what they say about the ugly duckling…
This variety’s transformation began in the late 1990s, when a handful of like-minded producers started creating high-quality Chenin Blanc, especially on the ocean-facing vineyards of Stellenbosch. We were among those producers, and we made our Vinum Chenin almost entirely from old bush vines – a totally contradictory and unorthodox approach, but a dynamic one we believe in. Chenin is the most versatile of all grapes in the land, with an innate ability to adapt not only to its habitat, but also to all kinds of styles. No wonder it suits a mindboggling variety of cuisines and occasions.
Chenin is still totally underrated, which isn’t just a travesty; it’s a wonderful opportunity. We think this variety is the greatest white grape in the Cape, and sooner or later everyone will catch on
Alex Dale groeide op in Bourgogne en dat is hier te merken in de maritieme Chardonnay, cool climate Stellenbosch... zicht op zee chardonnay. Heel precies en puur, geen eikdominantie ! mooie aciditeit
Often shunned and disrespected by winemakers and consumers alike, there is, in certain worthy quarters, an ascending realisation of the tremendous potential of this grape, Chenin Blanc – South Africa’s most noble grape. As devotees of true character and finesse often swim upstream against the populous tide, a fresh generation of Chenin producers is bringing to the surface some of the most interesting, bright, mineral and idiosyncratic wines of the Cape.