Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2006

77 points

Cederberg, South Africa. 13.5%

Nothing like a Loire Chenin nor did I expect it to be South African Chenin is different. Exactly what it is isn’t really clear at present. It’s unfashionable but still made because there are plantings, some customers, and some winemakers who want to really make something of it.

I think they should be aiming for lowish alcohol. Not weighty-ish wines like this. It lacks delicacy and charm but hasn’t achieved flavour and character. It’s not the quality warm climate Chenin of Australia’s Houghton Classic nor is it veering towards the LoireFrance. It’s just a bit clumsy. But then it isvsry cheap.

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