We have no hesitation to say that Stellenrust is the finest producer of Chenin Blanc in South Africa.
Our Chenin Blanc King! Stellenrust 54 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2018 recently snatched the Chenin Blanc Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, not once, but four times in seven years! Not to mention, their Chenin Blanc are listed every year on the revered annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge (except for 2016).
An iconic white wine in South Africa, Chenin Blanc was originally from Loire Valley, France but was brought down south around mid-16th century. With high acidity and a neutral taste, the grape is an ideal canvas to express different terroir characteristics, vintages and winemaker’s artistic skills.
Chenin Blanc’s twinkle has caught global attention and wine producers of the region are raising their bars on its wine quality. But none meets Stellenrust’s eye-to-eye. Their 54 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc comes from age-old vines from a single vineyard (54 reflecting the age of the vines) and it surely does not disappoint with its complexity. Tropical fruit and caramel creaminess with ripe peach, pear and gorgeous laces of vanilla brioche and nuttiness. Crispy zest to finish! No wonder wine critics from all over the world can’t stop singing its praise! We’re talking about Tim Atkin MW, Jancis Robinson MW, Neal Martin, just to name a few! Don’t mess with the King!