Off to another deconstruction with Under the Influence tonight. I’m really looking forward to this one as we are ‘deconstructing’ Chenin Blanc. I love Chenin. I mean I really love it, like Sherlock loves his clues, like a bergie sniffs his glue, or how Piglet loves Winnie the Poo, that’s how much I love it. There is even the possibility that I was suckled on Chenin Blanc. It is incredibly versatile, from bone-dry to a Noble Late and everything in between. It is our most planted vine with over 500 hectares of the stuff growing in every region; this counts for about 18% of the total land under vines. We Saffas love our Chenin. When our own semi-sweet Lieberstein was the worlds biggest selling wine brand, part of the blend was Chenin. Today there some brilliant bottles around, and Rand for Rand I reckon Chenin is the best value wine in the country.
No 6 Remhoogte (Haven’t tasted this one)
Raats (flagship Chenin)
De Trafford (Can’t go wrong with a De Trafford)
De Morgenzon (Gobsmackingly delicious)
Robusto (Oh yeah, bring out that big boy)
Beaumont (You know I already like this one)
Teddy Hall (Mr. Chenin himself)
I have decided to bring along a bottle myself this week to see what the others think. I’ll let you know what it was and what they thought tomorrow.