Wine Grape: Chenin Blanc

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Originally from the Loire region of France, today it is also grown in Australia, USA, and South Africa (where it is the most widely grown grape and is sometimes known as ‘Steen’). It is widely grown in California, but is mostly used to contribute acidity to low quality wines. The most popular regions for Chenin Blanc are Anjou and Vouvray in Loire Valley, France and Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Wines made with Chenin Blanc are typically high in acidity making it a very versatile grape and often blended with Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon. It is used to make dry, off-dry, and sweet wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines and brandy. Typical aromas consist of melon, nut, pear, apricot, peach, apple, honey, and cinnamon.

Wine Examples:

bloem   2014 Bloem – Chenin Blanc Viognier

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