White Wine, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc

Shiraz is a red grape variety. It is the most widely planted variety in Australia and helped put it on the wine map. It is an adaptable grape that has distinctly regional characteristics from elegant, peppery cool climate styles to sweet and chocolatey (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), to savoury and rich (Hunter Valley). Shiraz was one of the first vine varieties to arrive in Australia in 1832 and is grown in most regions. However, its home is in the Barossa Valley where old vines date back to the 1860s.

The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.

Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley. In Australia, it is popular in Western Australia especially within the Swan Valley and Peel regions near Perth. Where they produce beautiful floral, tropical aromas, that are designed to drink young and fresh.

Its home in France is the Loire, where outstanding dry, sweet and sparkling wines are produced. The famous wines of Vouvray, Savenniéres, Samour and Coteaux du Layon are all made from Chenin Blanc. The best Loire Chenin Blancs have concentrated rich, honeyed fruit, together with refreshingly vibrant acidity.

Called Steen in South Africa, it is the most widely planted variety. The best examples come from Stellenbosch where it can also be oak aged to create a full-bodied style. The best producers keep their yields down, producing impressive wines. Chenin Blanc is also used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat.
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  1. Coriole Chenin Blanc 2020
    It is a classic, traditional Coriole Chenin with a delicate filigree of autumnal fruits and spring florals. The nose displays red apple and pear, crisp white peach, honeysuckle, jasmine and quince flower and a hint of Leatherwood honey. A pleasant ... Learn More
  2. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2020
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
  3. Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2020
    This is a bargain option to test-drive the famous South African style of Chenin Blanc. From a cool site found at the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Western Cape, this Chenin is picked in ... Learn More
  4. Domaine Belargus Anjou Noir 2020
    A regional cuvée that provides the gateway to the Belargus universe. This wine exhibits alluring aromas of dried leaves and citrus. The palate is seductively built with flavours of savoury spices, dried leaves, and tart citrus. ... Learn More
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  5. Domaine Belargus Savennières “Gaudrets” 2018
    Coming from a set of plots located high up in the village of Savennières, on a plateau of aeolian sands and deep black schists, the “Gaudrets” cuvée embodies the typical profile of Savennières wines. This cuvée ... Learn More
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  6. Sadie Family Swartland Pofadder 2018
    In the 1920's Cinsault was the most planted black grape in South Africa, yet as it's one of the more fickle varieties to work with and to vinify, it suffered a fall from grace post WW2. It's only very recently ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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  7. Sadie Family Swartland Palladius 2017
    Sadie's signature white, Palladius, is a blend of all eleven of Swartland's official white varieties, with old, bush-vine Chenin Blanc playing the principal role. The idea is to produce a great white that represents the overall terroir of Swartland (as ... Learn More
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  8. Sadie Family Swartland Columella 2017
    First released in 2000, Columella is Sadie's most famous wine. While it is regularly described as an 'icon wine' of Swartland, and indeed South Africa, Eben Sadie's goal is simply to produce the best and most honest expression he can from ... Learn More
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    Tim Atkin MW
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