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Unwooded winners of Chenin Blanc Challenge unlikely but possible

“THE CHALLENGE with Chenin Blanc is that there are so many styles,” comments Top Wine SA reader Peter F May. “The names [of the 2017 Top 10 Challenge winners] give no indication where they are on the dry-to-sweet scale, and, apart from the three with ‘barrel fermented’ in their names, how much if any wooding they’ve had. Did the judges prefer wooded,

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Breedekloof’s flagship Chenins promise much but it’s early days still

SPEAKING for the Breedekloof Makers, Attie Louw of Opstal Estate in the Slanghoek ward north-west of Rawsonville and Worcester reports that since 2015 the band of winemakers have been upping their efforts in focusing on the crafting of small-volume, boutique Chenin Blanc. They have committed to emphasising the [top] quality that specially selected, diverse sites in the Breede River Valley

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Five newcomers among Top 10 wines in 2017 Chenin Blanc Challenge

IT WAS NO surprise to see DeMorgenzon, Spier and Stellenrust among the Top 10 in the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge 2017. All Classified wines, with Stellenrust also in the Top Wine SA Hall of Fame, and all multiple winners of the SA Chenin producer association’s Top 10 award. The only wine to place among the laureates in all four

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DeMorgenzon and Kleine Zalze among standouts in Chenin Challenge

THE WINNERS of the 2016 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge include five of the top wines in the SA Chenin Classification based on track records spanning the past 10 years. Of these beauties, two stand out as the country’s most successful Chenins on local and international podiums this year: DeMorgenzon Reserve 2015 and Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2015, with the KZ also

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Delicious! 2013 Doran Chenin Blanc lives up to Platter’s promise

LOVELY Chenin. Some age on it. Characterful. Everything the producer promises on the back-label: “… pear upfront, followed by dried peaches, finishing with lingering tastes of roasted almonds and honey.” Rich and ripe from the moment you put your nose to the glass. And at R75 a bottle from the cellar, Doran Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013 lives up to

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Best Value Chenin – top-rated Chenin Blanc under R50, under R100

AT UNDER R50 a bottle, South Africa’s top Chenin Blancs in 2015 include several classified wines, namely Alvi’s Drift ADS from Worcester, Simonsig of Stellenbosch and Windmeul from Paarl. Stretch to R100 a bottle, and your options expand to encompass the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, one of the Top 10 Chenin Blancs in the country on the basis of great track

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Bergkelder introduces SA trump cards to premium Fleur du Cap Unfiltered range

FOR YEARS the reputation of Fleur du Cap as a collection of top quality, interesting wines from Distell’s Bergkelder in Stellenbosch was built mainly on the strength of whites in the ‘Unfiltered’ range – such was the consistency that Fleur du Cap Unfiltered soon ranked among South Africa’s top-ranked classified Chardonnays, Semillons, Viogniers and white blends. And it wasn’t long before the

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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin wins third trophy of the year at 2015 Top 10 Challenge

A CLASSIC Wine Trophy in the first quarter of the year, a trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London during the second quarter and then selection among the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 in the third… It’s a wonder that the 2014 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc hadn’t already sold out by the time the Chenin Blanc Association’s latest awards

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CLASSIFIED SHOPPING LIST: prices of top SA Chenin Blancs with the best track records over the past 10 years

ALL OF THE South African wines below are included in the 2014 SA Chenin Blanc Classification, with those having the very best track records highlighted and the listing limited to wines whose accolades include very good reviews in 2013/14. Prices are for the latest releases/vintages to be rated – rands per standard 750ml bottle and ex-cellar in most instances (approximate

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Top SA white wines and top SA white wine cellars over the past 10 years – best track records from 2004 to 2013

SOUTH AFRICA’S 2014 Wine & Cellar Classifications based on the best track records in 25 local and international blind-tasting forums over the past 10 years have just been released. To be eligible for Classification, a wine must have been made and bottled in South Africa and must have earned very good reviews by at least one of the top judging

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South Africa’s top Chenin Blanc ratings in 2013, plus the best Chenin Blanc at under R50 – the experts’ choice

GRAHAM BECK, Kleine Zalze, Rijk’s, Sadie, Stellenrust and Windmeul top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Chenin Blanc producer for 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN CHENIN BLANC RATINGS IN 2013 Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

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Worcester’s champion wine producer launches a special Chenin Blanc that honours the founder of Alvi’s Drift

THE RECENT launch by Alvi’s Drift of a flagship Chenin Blanc under the Albertus Viljoen label is the culmination of another outstanding year for this cellar in the Worcester district of the Breede River Valley. The winery on the Alfalfa farm 17km south of the town of Worcester has enjoyed success after success since its first bottling in 2004, and

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Breedekloof Chenin among 80 beauties that wowed team of tasters for 2014 edition of Platter’s SA Wine Guide

THERE ARE FEW surprises among the top-rated wines in Platter’s 2014 South African Wine Guide that goes onto the bookshelves this month. Most of the 5 Star laureates or their makers have good track records – the cellarmasters and/or winery owners are familiar faces at the various podiums, which is great for those who appreciate consistently high standards. And most of the

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Very best value SA Chenin at under R50 a bottle in 2012

SA CHENIN BLANC highly recommended this year by one or more of the expert tasting panels around the world AND which costs less than R50 a bottle – with prices given ex-cellar, or approximate retail if the cellar is closed to the public:   ALVI’S DRIFT 2012 – R29 ARABELLA 2012 – R38 BON COURAGE Like Father Like Son 2012 – R29 BOSCHENDAL 2011 – R41

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Old Mr Green’s been delivering bargains for 70 years plus

BY AND LARGE, Douglas Green is a range of good everyday-drinking SA wines sourced from producers in various parts of the Cape and sold at very competitive prices. Every now and then, however, along comes a vintage that performs above its station… On more than one occasion fans might have been forgiven for asking whether by mistake perhaps the brand

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