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Your email address will not be published.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.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Stock Controller & Product Manager

Mr Wheeler (The Wine Company (UK) Ltd)
Langham, Colchester, UK

Buyer - Spirits & Beers

Harvey Nichols
London, UK

Supply Chain Assistant

Speciality Drinks
Park Royal, London, UK

Customer Services Administrator

Speciality Drinks
Park Royal, London, UK

Gin Buyer

Craft Gin Club
London (Fitzrovia)

Customer Service & Operations Administrator

Marussia Beverages UK Ltd
London, UK

Customer Service Advisor

Amathus Drinks Plc
London, UK

Sales Account Manager

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Sales and Brand Manager

The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic
London, UK

Prosecco Springs

London,United Kingdom
26th Apr 2018

Spirits & More

Rome,Italy
19th May 2018

db Awards 2018

London,UK
23rd May 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more