This is a very savoury chenin blanc from Mount Abora in South Africa. It opens to tertiary aromas of toast, earth and lemons. The palate has racy acidity and is quite a complex rendition of chenin blanc, and South African chenin blanc, in particular. This is a deliciously complex wine that will suit current drinking. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $33. Website: abora.co.za.
This is a both a very good and classical interpretation of Vouvray from Marc Brédif. In the glass, there are typical chenin blanc aromas of lemon, earth, stone and meal. The palate has racy and fresh acidity, a medium body and is dry with a touch of sugar weight. I could drink this all day and, for those less familiar with the style, it should appeal to those who like dry Australian rieslings. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $30.
This is a delicious Anjou blanc from Thierry Germain in the Loire Valley. The label is simple too – “Anjou blanc” needs to be at least 80% chenin blanc and many French producers leave it at the former regional description. This label helpfully states that’s what’s in it – i.e. chenin blanc. It has aromas of lemon, wool and yeast. The palate is very refreshing with high acidity and a yellow grapefruit expression. It calls out for seafood. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%. Price: $28.