2011 The Winery of Good Hope "Vinum" Bush Vine Chenin Blanc

SKU #1137259 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Vinum Chenin Blanc is a worthy follow-up to the stupendous 2010. It displays great precision on the nose with citrus lemon and crushed stone, hints of orange blossom in the background. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, lovely poise and subtle hints of vanilla and walnut towards the beautifully focused finish. This is a blissful Chenin Blanc. Drink now-2014.

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and ripe, with a mix of peach, nectarine and yellow apple fruit, this stays focused through the lightly toasted finish. (Web-2013)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; SavenniŤres Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.