2015 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Chenin Blanc Swartland South Africa

SKU #1258732 Jancis Robinson

 Perdeberg and Kasteelberg. Spring herbs on the nose. Off-dry impression but with enough acidity. Good tang, this would be a fab house wine. (GV)  (9/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Only recently bottled, the 2015 Kloof Street Chenin Blanc comes from 40-year-old vines. Part of the fruit was matured in stainless steel, as it was done in 2014 for the first time. It has a perfumed pine cone and fennel-tinged bouquet that gently unfurls from the glass. The palate is well balanced, perhaps a little fatter than previous vintages with a fine line of acidity, direct pear, peach skin, and fresh ginger notes that seem lively and vivacious on the finish. This remains a perfect introduction to the delights of Swartland Chenin Blanc. (NM)  (11/2015)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2017 | Send Email
An absolutely beautiful bottle of Chenin Blanc from South Africa, mostly because the producer spends the energy on growing lovely fruit and allows that fruit to speak for itself. There is a very clean, slightly floral nose that then transitions to light notes of peach and nectarine. Balancing acid with some drive allows the fruit to speak while carrying it along. Such a delightful wine to sip on that I will have to come up with more excuses to buy a bottle.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2017 | Send Email
It's hard to do better than a beautiful Chenin Blanc from Andrea Mullineux, named Winemaker of the Year 2016 by Wine Enthusiast. This wine possesses a great rich nose, but is surprisingly vibrant, light, and elegant. The softer mouthfeel can be attributed to aging in neutral oak with little manipulation, which also leaves some bright acidity to really boost the flavors forward. Swartland is a wonderful place to look for some high-end wines at incredibly low prices.
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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2017 | Send Email
Many folks looking for a great bottle of white wine at a reasonable price would do well to try this Chenin Blanc from the Swartland South Africa. This has the body of a big white Burgundy, the acidity of a crisp Chablis and nice, subtle melon like flavors from the grape variety. A top value for sure!
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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; Savennières 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.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5