For a brilliant value white, try Extra Special Fairtrade Chenin
Blanc 2011, Western Cape (pounds 6.
Here she'd find some amazing chenin
blanc well known for its concentration and ability to age.
blanc achieves its most captivating forms in the Loire, in well-known areas like Vouvray and Savennieres, and in the hands of excellent vignerons throughout Touraine and Anjou who, for one reason or another, may not use an appellation name.
High acidity, lemon-laced, honeyed, leafy, stone fruits; it can appear in a range of styles, including sweet wines from chenin
blanc grapes affected by noble rot.
blanc originates from France's Loire Valley but it's most revered in South Africa - arriving in the Cape in the 1600s and becoming the Springbok's most planted variety.
Blanc is sometimes bone-dry (as in the Savennieres region), sometimes a little off-dry (Vouvray leans that way), but never too sweet.
Tesco are also selling an excellent discounted chenin
blanc made by celebrated producer Kleine Zalze.
It is a fun introduction to chenin
blanc, with its crisp citrus flavors.
Tesco Finest 2007 Ken Forrester Chenin
Blanc will be available in the new format next month and Tesco Reserve Chenin
Blanc will join in the New Year.
Blanc, or Steen, as it is known locally, has been grown in abundance since the earliest days of South African winemaking, and today remains the country's most widely-planted grape.
The premium wines, which include Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chenin
Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Moscato, now feature enhanced branding on the label with larger logo and bolder color palate, along with color coding by varietal.
Their unconventional blends (69 percent Zin, 25 percent Syrah and 6 percent Barbera for the red wine; 41 percent Chardonnay, 38 percent Chenin
Blanc, 9 percent Pinot Grigio, 7 percent Muscat, and 5 percent Sauvignon Blanc for the white) make them easy to fall in love with.
Blanc is a versatile white and is available fruity, dry, still, or sparkling.
1996 was an absolutely stunning vintage for both chenin
blanc (Vouvray etc) and sauvignon blanc.
Van Steenwyk cites Adelaida's Chenin
Blanc as an example.