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Top Chenin Blancs from South Africa

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted grape, and it makes some of the country’s most distinguished wines, including the ones reviewed below. Many of the best ones come from old vines, some very old. Rosa Kruger, whom we … Continue reading

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The Chenin Blancs of Breedekloof Wine Valley

While Chenin Blanc originated in the Anjou area of the Loire, today it can be said to be South Africa’s grape. South Africa produces more of the grape than any other country and has double the plantings of France. Chenin … Continue reading

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Eben Sadie’s Very Old Vine Wines from South Africa: The 2015 Vintage

Eben Sadie is often proclaimed as South Africa’s most original and talented winemaker. 2015 is cited as one of South Africa’s greatest vintages ever. And the vineyards that Eben sources fruit from for his Ouwingerdreeks [Old Vine Series] are among … Continue reading

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Top South African White Wine Values Under $20

As described in our recent Special Report on South African Value Wines, we recently evaluated over 175 South African wines imported to the US with a suggested retail price under $20.  All of these wines provide a very enjoyable drinking … Continue reading

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The Wines of Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch: Kleinood, Keermont, & de Trafford

Blaauwklippen Valley is one of several areas of Stellenbosch that we’ve visited on our South Africa trip. This valley provides excellent growing conditions for producing elegant and rich tasting Syrah and aromatic whites like Chenin Blanc and Viognier. But it’s … Continue reading

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The 2011 Vintage: First Releases from Chile and South Africa

We recently tasted the first releases of the Southern Hemisphere’s 2011 vintage to arrive in the States. We’ll be tasting a lot more on our upcoming trip to South Africa and will report on them later. The 2011 vintage was … Continue reading

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Chenin Blanc from the Loire: Extreme Values from Vouvray, Montlouis, and More

Chenin Blanc not only makes some of the world’s greatest wines, it is also one of the wine kingdom’s most versatile grapes. The Loire Valley is home to Chenin Blanc, and many of its wines are not only of superb … Continue reading

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South African Chenin Blanc: Some of the Best from Raats, Riebeek, Mulderbosch, De Morgenzon, Rudera, Ken Forrester, and De Trafford.

Well-made Chenin Blanc is a delight to drink. The Loire Valley and South Africa both produce superb Chenin Blanc of three different styles: [1] unoaked and fresh; [2] oaked with rich layers of marmalade, honey, and peach; and [3] sweet … Continue reading

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Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Melon (Muscadet) and More from the Western Loire

Our Report # 22 Grapes and Wines of the Western Loire has just been released at iwinereview.com. The Western Loire is home to many small, artisanal producers making truly unique, food-friendly wines from Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Melon (Muscadet) and … Continue reading

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Raats Wine: The Loire in Stellenbosch

Raats is a rarity in South Africa—a winery that specializes in just a couple of varietals. In this case, it’s Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, which just happen to be two of the most popular varietals of the Loire. Since … Continue reading

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