Credo Chenin Blanc shines at the 2013 Top 100 SA Wine Challenge

Thursday, 18 April, 2013
Stellenbosch Vineyards
Following on the successful launch of its distinctive Credo label, the Credo Quattuor Chenin Blanc 2010 has been awarded as one of the top wines in the category of Chenin Blanc in the 2013 Top 100 South African Wine Challenge.
'Quattuor' meaning four, represents "four of the best only" from each vintage and the Credo Chenin Blanc has truly lived up to its creed of being the finest.

The results of the judging were announced on Thursday 11 April 2013 at a prestigious event held at the Rodwell House in St James.

The top event was adjudicated by some of the best wine judges, local and international. The top quality judging panel led by Tim Atkin MW (Chair) started the exciting task of assessing all entered wines on Monday 18th March already.

Credo, the Latin term for "I believe", reflects a belief in wine excellence backed by over 30 years of winemaking experience. Working closely with the growers, some even 3rd generation, the winemaker Bernard Claassen sources the best grapes from vineyards in the Stellenbosch region. He then has the luxury of taking his time to bring out the best in the grapes. "It is our creed to make the very finest wine we can make."

The Credo Chenin Blanc 2010 has a rich straw colour with a golden tint. Honey, pineapple and treacle on the nose give way to intense butterscotch and tropical flavours on the palate. Beautifully balanced acidity and careful use of French oak complete this wine of rare distinction.

The grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch area. Full ripe fruit was handpicked in the third week of February 2010 and fermented in 300 litre French oak barrels. The wine was kept on the primary lees for 8 months batonage. Wine was then racked from primary lees and return to the same 300 litre French oak barrels, where it was aged for another 24 months (80% barrels were first fill and 20% were second fill). Barrel selection was done in order to select only the best barrels. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling.

For more information on the award click here.