2016 Storm Point (Craven) Chenin Blanc Western Cape South Africa

SKU #1294990

Winery Notes: "The grapes for this are 100% from the Swartland region. Grown on predominately granitic and shale soils that are common in the region. The vines are predominately between 20-30 years old and are a mix of bush vines and vertically trained vines. 2016 was a very early year and these grapes were harvested in the first week of February. A cool, controlled fermentation occurred in stainless steel and was left on it's lees for 5 months. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to maintain the freshness and acidity. Chenin Blanc has proven to be very happy in the Swartland region with vast plantings that are showing great varietal character and provenance. This wine is freshly packed with nuance, playfulness and discovery. Savory and herbal aromas lead to subtle stone fruit and citrus blossom notes. This is accentuated by vibrant lemon zest sprinkled with sea water. This is textbook Chenin Blanc featuring a mineral drive with ample weight balanced by poignant acid on the finish. This varietal expression opens your eyes to the beauty and sophistication of South Africa’s beloved and most widely planted variety. Watch out Loire Valley!"

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2017 | Send Email
Wow! How good are these Storm Point wines!? Such fantastic value; these totally over deliver on price point! Crafted by Mick Craven of CravenWines (one of the most sought after small producers in the region) this Chenin Blanc mostly comes from old bush vines grown on ancient decomposed granite soils in the Swartland. It's packed with yellow fruits, citrus peel, stony minerals and toasted grains...all my classic markers for top notch S.African Chenin that often come at a much higher price point!

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Varietal:

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.
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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.