Wine Press: South African Chenin Blanc white wines outstanding bargains

Wednesday, 21 July, 2021
MassLive, Ken Ross
Certain wine regions and particular types of grapes often get unfairly overlooked. That’s why I made a point recently of writing about several, outstanding Pinotage red wines from South Africa. This week, I wanted to highlight another outstanding type of wine from this country on the southern tip of Africa that’s ideal for sultry, summer afternoons and evenings – Chenin Blanc.

France’s Loire Valley might be better known for making wines with this versatile white wine grape.

But no matter where Chenin Blanc’s grown, these delicious, dry white wines often get overshadowed by Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs from around the world.

What a shame.

They’re subtle, understated, refreshing and – best of all – many of them cost less than $15 a bottle.

Below, you can learn more about five South African Chenin Blanc wines, including one that’s a blend of mostly Chenin Blanc and several other grapes. The other four wines are 100 percent Chenin Blanc and absolutely delicious. Hope you enjoy.

Wines Recommended This Week:

2019 Raats Original Unwooded Chenin Blanc ($12.99 at Table & Vine in West Springfield)

2020 Terre Brulee Tania + Vincent Careme ‘Le Blanc’ Chenin Blanc ($15.99 Suggested Retail Price)

2020 Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc ($13 SRP)

2019 Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc ($9.99 at Table & Vine)

2019 The Curator White Blend ($9.99 at Table & Vine)

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