Tasted: Chenin Blanc from South Africa & Loire

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By Martin Isark
Chenin Blanc? Not as well-known as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, but there is no question that when it’s grown in the best vineyards and produced by first-rate winemakers, Chenin Blanc is on the top table! 

The Grape & The Wine:
Chenin Blanc from the Loire France?  Chenin Blanc from the Loire can vary enormously in quality.  At their worst they smell and taste of wet dishcloths. However, at their best they deliver honey, stone fruits, minerals and spice. Spending less than eight quid? Move over to the South African shelves.

Chenin Blanc from South Africa? in general, South African Chenin Blancs that hover around a fiver, are easy drinkers. You’ll need to pay at least double if you want to impress your wine savvy mates.

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The verdict:
All the Chenin Blancs tasted were dry and well made, not top top notch, but were all well-worth a punt.

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Contains: Sulphites and suitable for vegetarians.

Barcode: 9421900742196
Les Andides Saumur Blanc Loire Valley 

Enjoy Chablis & Muscadet? Then this dry white wine with its subtle melon notes and mouth-watering acidity will hit the spot. Tasted by Martin Isark

Not forgetting: 

Barcode: 6009611450253
Zalze Chenin Blanc Western Cape South Africa 
Relish the taste of well-crafted dry white wines? This Chenin Blanc with its elegantly threaded grapefruit notes will fit the bill. Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 5000169127476
Waitrose Foundation Cederberg Chenin Blanc 
This is a well-crafted dry white wine presents fresh aromas and flavours of peel and stone fruits. Good enough to impress your wine savvy mates.  Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 9329454000000
Waitrose Fairtrade South African Chenin Blanc
Fairtrade & veggie friendly dry white wine that delivers mouth-watering acidity and subtle sultana twist.  Tasted by Martin Isark

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