Given that Monday 20 June was International Chenin Blanc Day, we have a good excuse to drink Chenin this week.
In some quarters the Swartland region is regarded as producing the best Chenin in South Africa, but to our mind, Stellenbosch does not need to stand back as recent ratings and accolades have confirmed.
We have selected three of our Chenin offerings this week, each representing a different sub-route in the wider Stellenbosch wine region: Kaapzicht Kliprug 2021 from the fertile soils of Bottelary Hills; Remhoogte Honeybunch 2021 from the Simonsberg mountains; and Somerbosch Steen 2021 from the cooler lower lying area of the Helderberg
Both the Remhoogte and the Kaapzicht wines are produced from low-yielding vineyards older than 30 years (as per the Old Vine Project) whereas the Somerbosch is produced from a vineyard that was planted 11 years ago.
We have enjoyed these tremendously – and can only suggest you try them yourself!