Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s star white grape – and this fresh release from Stellenrust is a delicious example of the wines it can produce. It was crafted in the premium Stellenbosch region – often called South Africa’s answer to Napa Valley. According to Master of Wine Tim Atkin, “Stellenbosch consistently produces the greatest number of the Cape’s finest wines.” Add in the exceptional year – 2016 was excellent, with lower yields and intense flavor concentration – and you’ve all the elements for an irresistible Chenin Blanc.
But let’s not forget the estate. Established in 1928, Stellenrust is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed family-run wineries. They grow their Chenin Blanc high up in the Bottelary Hills, an area renowned for its cool climate and sea breezes that impart fresh, intensely concentrated flavors to the fruit. The Heritage Collection honors the family’s winemaking history – and this elegant white is a proud addition.
"Stellenrust in Stellenbosch does amazing things with Chenin Blanc, the standard label 2016 right up there with its more expensive cuvées," reports Wine magazine. "The nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of jasmine, citrus, peach, pineapple and some leesy complexity. The palate meanwhile is just about pitch perfect – fantastic fruit concentration offset by tangy acidity. 91 points"
Judges at the South African National Wine Show awarded it a gold medal, while judges at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition gave it a prestigious 'Silver Outstanding' medal.
A perfect aperitif, or a fine match for shellfish. Order your share today.