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Cloof Wine Estate Dusty Road Chenin Blanc 2015 (1x75cl)

Nestled in the unique region of Darling lies a place so wondrous, tranquil and enchanting that it's no surprise that Cloof are able to produce some exceptional wines including the Dusty Road range. Cloof Wine Estate is truly off the beaten track, but they are firm believers that it's often the road less travelled that leads you to places that will be etched in your mind forever and provide food for the soul. Each of their wines is created using Head Winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating styles that reflect what this unique region has to offer and the high quality of grapes that are produced.

To read the winemaker's tasting notes for this wine, please click the blue link below.

Dusty Road Chenin Blanc 2015 - fiche technique

£7.35

Domaine Nicolas Reau Anjou Blanc Les Treilles 2015 (1x 75cl)

Nicolas Réau’s love of wine started when he was 8 years old and his grandfather was sneaking him small glasses of red wine while his grandmother had her back turned. Young Nicolas went on to train to be a professional pianist and didn’t consider wine as a potential career path. He thought it was impossible to become a producer if you do not come from a vigneron family. However in 1994, Nicolas saw an advertisement in the school newspaper about a professional degree in viticulture and oenology and he decided to step away from his piano to finally begin an adventure in wine.

Nicolas practices Biodynamics but doesn’t seek the certification. Instead his philosophy is to be guided by conscientious farming so as to produce wines that are clean, distinct and honest. To this end, Réau uses intuition to identify the 2 to 3 day window where the fruit shows phenolic maturity but still has a low potential alcohol. This window is identifiable when the fruit demonstrates the most harmony on the palate, a sensation that is almost impossible to find in vineyards manipulated by chemicals and industrial processes according to Réau. He believes that if you let the climate and vines guide the work in the vineyard, the energy of the fruit will carry through to the finished wine as long as the winemaker refrains from similar interventions in the cellar. With slight variations in ripeness of the individual berries at harvest, Réau’s wines carry a natural acidity, freshness, and personality that cannot be reproduced by any other means.

The Chenin Blanc vines used to produce Clos des Treilles are planted on clay soil with flint and limestone.

The grapes are harvested by hand and only wild yeasts are used to make this wine. The temperature is not controlled and takes place at an ambient temperature. Malolactic fermentation is then allowed to occur. The wine is left to mature in old oak barrels for 12 months. There is no fining or filtration of the wine with a minimal amount of sulphur added at bottling. 

This wine has abundent characterisitics of minerality, backed up by lots of fruity flavours.

£17.00

Domaine Saint-Nicolas Michon Haut des Clous, Fiefs Vendeens Chenin Blanc 2014 (6x75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2017 edition review of Loire Dry Chenins (see blue link below).

 

Fiefs Vendeens 2014 - February 2017 Decanter review

 

An elegant, fully dry Loire Chenin from the Fiefs Vendéens appellation; whereas much of the Loire’s better-known Chenins originate from way upstream in the Touraine or Anjou-Saumur, this comes from just where the river spills into the Atlantic below Nantes.

 

Indeed, Domaine Saint-Nicolas is precisely why Fiefs Vendéen is known. Michon are biodymanic producers and the Hauts des Clous is the epitome of their art. It has a progressive intensity with great tension and freshness, apple and peach aromas, a very smooth texture and long finish. There are not many dry Chenins like this.

 

£150.25

Domaine Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2016 (1x75cl)

Chenin Blanc is much the preserve of South African winemakers these days, but its origins lie in the Loire Valley. Savennières and Coteaux de Layon are perhaps the most famous Loire Chenins, but not always entirely ‘price accessible’. Vouvray provides an elegant and very affordable solution. The Vieux Vauvert is medium-dry (which is to say, there’s just a hint of sweetness) with a lively fresh finish. This wine has a plethora of flavours to share: among them, ripe apple, quince, lime and citrus blossom.

£12.40

Flagstone Noon Gun Chenin Blanc-Sauvignon Blanc-Viognier 2015 (1x 75cl)

The Noon Gun canon stands on Signal Hill above the town centre in Cape Town, known in South Africa as The Mother City. Its daily firing is South Africa’s oldest official tradition.

Flagstone’s unpretentious blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, is fondly referred to as, ‘Mom’s Plonk’ and delivers balanced drinkability year in and year out. "My mother told me it was OK if I wanted to be the Mozart of Merlot or the Salvador Dali of Sauvignon Blanc, as long as I also made a wine for her which was unpretentious and all about balanced drinkability. Although we called the project Noon Gun, my mom always referred to this blend as “Mom’s Plonk” (Bruce Jack, winemaker)

Flagstone blend what they believe to be the three best white varieties growing in South Africa - Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.  The Chenin Blanc grapes are from quite old, gnarly, dry-grown vineyards in the Swartland. They are naturally in balance and yield a very small, concentrated crop. This gives amazing structure and creaminess to the wine.  The Sauvignon Blanc loves the mineral rich soil and cool sea breezes and offers zesty zing with passionfruit and fig flavours with a long, refreshing finish. These grapes hail from various coastal vineyards, including Elim, Elgin and as far north as Lutzville. The Viognier adds an inviting fruity/floral nose and lots of ripe citrus flavours on the palate. They source their Viognier from both warm and cool climates to get both the heady, spicy flavours and enticing floral aromas.

The wine is fermented in stainless steel and has no oak contact.

Noon Gun has a bright straw colour. Its bouquet is intriguing - it has a floral nose of guava, orange zest and apple. The smooth, balanced palate offers honeydew melon with slices of paw-paw, a touch of orange peel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The fruitiness is balanced by a creamy mouth feel and a zesty crisp lingering finish.

 

£9.00

Intellego The Story of Harry Chenin Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of Natural Wines (see blue link below).

The Story of Harry 2016 - May 2017 Decanter review

We have been on a mission to find out about Harry and his washing line but it would seem he is a man of mystery and has eluded us for the moment! We can however tell you about the delicious wine named after him.

Intellego Wines focus on making terroir driven wines from the Swartland with a very hands on approach in the winery and vineyards. The wines of Intellego are made using organic methods but do not  yet carry an official organic certification.  Jurgen Gouws, the winemaker at Intellego, has worked in many countries including Spain, France, New Zealand, Russia and South Africa.  Since January 2015 he has concentrated on producing and renting vineyards for his winemaking venture at Intellego in Swartland, South Africa.

The grapes for The Story of Harry Chenin Blanc are harvested manually and the grape must is then fermented by malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels using only indigenous yeasts.  This gives the wine a soft, rounded and rich, almost buttery flavour.  The wine is then matured in old French oak for seven months before being bottled with no filtration or fining. 

£136.75

Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2017 (1x75cl)

The Forrester, mid-rank (which does it no justice), Reserve-level Chenin and amazing value from the King of Chenin.

Hand harvested, with careful selection from low trellis and old bush vines.

Barrel and tank fermented and left on the lees (9 months in French oak, 20% of which was new) and matured on secondary lees for a rounded complexity.

Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals.

Can be served with varied spicy dishes, full flavoured fish or chicken dishes. Ideal with crayfish, prawns.A true benchmark for relaxed enjoyment

£11.75

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition review of South African Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester FMC CB 2014 - Nov 2016 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition expert review of South African old-vine Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2016 - August 2018 Decanter review

The pinnacle of what we consider to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal, an icon Chenin and a challenge to the world! Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring.

We like this because it's amazing. Full stop, period, end of. See our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details.

£26.95

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition review of South African Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester FMC CB 2014 - Nov 2016 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition expert review of South African old-vine Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2016 - August 2018 Decanter review

The pinnacle of what we consider to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal, an icon Chenin and a challenge to the world! Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring.

We like this because it's amazing. Full stop, period, end of. See our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details.

£26.95

L.A.S. Vino CBDB (Chenin Blanc Dynamic Blend) 2016 (1x 75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Margaret River (Australia) (see blue link below).

LAS Vino CBDB 2015 - Dec 2017 Decanter review

L.A.S. Vino is the creation of Nic Peterkin, son of Mike Peterkin of Pierro winery and Shelley Cullen, Vanya Cullen's sister. Nic did a Masters in Oenology and, after vintages in the Napa, Mexico, Portugal and Mendoza, started his own label. LAS refers to the Luck of the weather, the Art of creating and the Science that underpins this creativity. The result is a small quantity of high quality, hand-made wines. The packaging is as impressive as the wine: bottled in dark French glass, closed under Vinolok and sealed with wax, it is finish with the striking, hand drawn labels. The wines fulfil Nic's stated aim: to make interesting wines with minimum intervention but within the bounds of science.

Fruit for the CBDB comes from 25-year-old vines planted in vineyards in the Willyabrup region. Located in the heart of Western Australia's renowned Margaret River wine region, Willyabrup is surrounded by open water on three sides and the vineyards are swept by pure, cool sea breezes blowing in from the Indian and Southern Oceans, retaining the aromatic perfume of the grapes. The gravel subsoil ensures good drainage, while the high clay content enables good water retention throughout the summer for vine development. The vines are trained using vertical shoot positioning.

All grapes were hand picked on the same day, in the early cool hours of the morning, then chilled to preserve finesse and aroma. The fruit was then hand sorted and cold pressed as whole bunches. The juice was left to settle and ferment naturally. Once fermentation began, the wine was transferred to neutral French oak barrels. 10% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to add complexity and creaminess. The barrels were hand stirred every two weeks to enhance texture. The wine was bottled after 10 months in oak.

Clear pale straw in colour. Complex aromas including peach blossom, honeysuckle and citrus, with subtle honey, almond and tropical fruit. The wine is full-bodied and almost creamy on the palate with touches of lemon, lime, honey and cream. The finish lingers with hints of lemon meringue.

£32.55

Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc 2016 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...

Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc 2016 - Sept 2018 Decanter review

... and comments from one particular reviewer...

Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc 2016 - Sept 2018 Decanter review - individual comments

James Millton is a living legend in the New Zealand wine scene. A pioneer of organic and biodynamic winemaking, he has ploughed his own furrow for three decades, quietly convinced that his sustainable approach to viticulture and winemaking was the only way to progress.

The Millton winery's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details. Please note this fiche technique is for the 2016 vintage.

Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc 2016 – fiche technique

£17.85

Mooiplaas - The Mercia Collection - "Houmoed" Chenin Blanc 2013 (1x 75cl)

 The Houmoed Chenin Blanc shows bee’s wax/dried peach on the nose, along with almonds & marzipan from the barrels, good weight on the palate with some minerality and a long finish. Fruit and oak well balanced, a big wine with the typical mouth feel of ripe Chenin.

Pair with Seafood bisque, roasted line fish, grilled lobster, roast and grilled poultry.

£15.45

Radford Dale Renaissance Chenin Blanc 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition review of South African Chenin Blanc (see blue link below). 

Radford Dale Renaissance CB 2015 - Nov 2016 Decanter review

The fruit for this wine is grown in a single block of old, un-irrigated bush vine Chenin on the footslopes of the Helderberg Mountain, facing south-east across False Bay.

This wine was 100% barrel fermented and matured, using only artisanal Burgundy cooperages. Only older barrels made of oak (from  the  Allier & Vosges forests) were used, to preserve the purity and clarity of the fruit. The wine was matured for 9 months.  Through deeper understanding of the vineyard - rather than manipulating the wine - the winemakers have been able to create a wine that reflects its terroir through freshness, elegance, finesse and purity.

£20.00

Saumur Blanc La Cabriole 2017 (1x75cl)

Aromas of honey and honeysuckle can be found on the nose, on the palate it is light, dry and crisp, with well balanced acidity and a long lingering finish of quince, melon and honeydew. Best drunk young.

£9.90

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

Established in 1692, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a fascinating history and a legacy that the owners never take for granted. Today the farm has a modern, conscious energy. Spier is one of 39 WWF Conservation Champions, is organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria. Spier is still family run. It’s owned and managed by the family who bought the farm in 1993. Spier has a passion for the environment and for supporting the community, buying from and supporting local producers.

To see full tasting notes for this wine from the winemakers at Spier, please click the blue link below.

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2017 - fiche technique

£8.95
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