Kumala Reserve Chenin Blanc

This is excellent Chenin Blanc, the best I have tasted for some time – and good value at only £7.50.  I don’t understand why this wine is only 50p more than their other chenin blanc – why market two wines so closely priced? Again I must express my wish that they had ‘Fairly Traded’ credentials……

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, like South African Chenin Blanc, has a distinct ‘New World’ taste to it. Invariably this is of tropical, exotic fruit – and is achieved by fermenting it at lower temperatures than in the ‘Old World’ (ie France). I find many Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs to be rather ‘pinched’ – however this…

Kumala Chenin Blanc

This really was good Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc from South Africa tends to be more ‘tropical’ due to its relatively cool fermentation, compared to Loire Valley Chenin Blancs. For me, South African Chenin Blanc is more ‘interesting’, as there is more complexity and a longer finish (and sometimes a better, ie. less thin, texture). If…