The Wine Cellar team are major proponents of Chenin Blanc. In the right hands, this is one of South Africa’s most successful varieties, producing world-class wines with real personality and depth. Those wishing to rediscover SA’s signature grape would do well to consider Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc. This unctuous, rich and elegant Chenin is made from 45-year-old vines and was recently listed as one of The Economist‘s five wines to try in 2014.
The Economist’s tasting note:
Honey, pear and ginger notes are to be found in this spicy, dry wine. Made entirely from the white Chenin Blanc grape, 30% of Old Vine is fermented in French oak barrels, while the remainder ferments in stainless steel; the two are blended after nine months. Strangely delicious with duck à l’orange.