10 stellar South African Chenins

The 2017 grape harvest gets under way in South Africa (Photo: Jaco Engelbrecht/visualviticulture.co.za)

The 2017 white grape harvest is now under way in South Africa, with some impressive images, such as the one on the right, emerging of bejewelled rows of Chenin Blanc vines being picked on sunny mornings in Stellenbosch and beyond.

We at db were happy to see such scenes and be reminded of the very high quality of so many South African Chenin Blancs, many of highlighting the country’s impressive old-vine heritage, and the new generation of South Africa’s winemaking talent.

Expectations for the 2017 Chenin harvest are of a smaller than average yield, with the hardy old bush vines handling the particularly dry conditions well.

Head VinPro viticulturist, Francois Viljoen told db: “The 2017 Chenin Blanc harvest is predicted to be smaller than the recorded average. However, producers are expecting it to be bigger than the 2016 vintage.

“Because Chenin is well-suited to the South African climate, the vines seem to be handling the dryer than average conditions better than some other white cultivars. In particular, it is worth mentioning that the Chenin bush vines are looking remarkably good this year.”

We wish all the growers and winemakers well for the harvest and, in the pages that follow, we pick out 10 Chenins which display that special combination of freshness, tension and mellifluous fruit which so many SA winemakers do so well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Events & Admin Assistant

The Drinks Business
London SE1, UK

Brand Manager - Key Wine Partners

MMI Dubai
Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Business Development Manager

Bashall Spirits
Lancashire, UK

Territory Manager - London​

Cadrona Distillery
London, UK

Business Development Manager

Lucozade Ribena Suntory
UK

Customer Marketing Manager

Bibendum
London NW1, UK

Export Assistant Co-ordinator - Maternity Cover

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Customer Services Administrator - On Trade

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Fruit Focus 2019

East Malling,United Kingdom
17th Jul 2019

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

San Francisco,USA
23rd Jul 2019

The Wine Show Chelsea 2019

London,United Kingdom
18th Oct 2019
Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Global Chardonnay Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more