Zalze ‘Bush Vine’ Chenin Blanc 2019 – Update

This is decent Chenin Blanc and fair value at £8.99. It is significantly cheaper at Morrisons if you have one near you. Once again I must express my wish that it had ‘Fairly Traded’ credentials… Tasting notes: Primary notes of stone fruits. Balanced acidity. A little length of finish, a little complexity, Crisp, dry wine….

Bruce Jack Chenin Blanc – Virgin Wines

This is decent Chenin Blanc and good value at only £7.99. Yet again I must express my wish that it had ‘Fairly Traded’ credentials… Tasting notes: Primary notes of stone fruits. Tertiary notes of vanilla. Balance acidity. Medium finish, a little complexity, Crisp, dry wine. White stone fruit notes. Hints of vanilla from oak. Wine…

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……

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…

The Wild Peacock, Chardonnay

An unoaked Chardonnay from the warmth of South Africa; this wine would be better if it carried some kind of endorsement of Fairtrade – for which I’m afraid I must deduct points. In the news this week, ‘land grabs’ are beginning to occur in South Africa – I hope that the companies which engage &…

Chenin Blanc – Tesco Finest

Tesco’s updated ‘Finest’ range is doing a good job of teaming up with good producers and releasing own-label wines that are interesting and reasonably priced – and this hits the spot again… Chenin Blanc is good everyday wine, and should be relatively inexpensive. If it is from South Africa it should also be fairly traded…

Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2017

I reviewed a £4  bottle of chenin blanc recently – which was pretty good and washed down a takeaway well. At twice the price this Boschendal should have been twice as good, surely? Sadly not. I’ve had this wine many times and it’s usually good. With Tesco’s 25% off if you buy any 6 bottles…

Chenin Blanc Tesco

Good  value Chenin Blanc, although I would prefer it if it were fairly traded. But at £4 a bottle – for goodness sake, you can’t go wrong. Wash down a takeaway with this. Tasting notes: Crisp, dry, melon notes. Region of Origin – Western Cape Wine Colour – White Price – £4 Where do I…

Zalze Chenin Blanc

This wine is widely available and at a range of price-points so it is worth shopping around for. It’s good Chenin Blanc, although I would prefer it if it were fairly traded. Tasting notes: Crisp, dry, note of melon. Region of Origin – Coastal Region Wine Colour – White Price – £4 Where do I…

Sandbox Chenin Blanc

Sold by various pubs, especially All Bar One. Not fairly traded. Reasonably priced for pub drinking, but not the best Chenin Blanc. I suspect the margins on this are huge. Imported by the huge plb group, who merged with Bibendum a few years ago.   Tasting notes: Reasonable summer drinking. Green apple notes. Region of…

Bellingham Chardonnay

In my quest for good, well priced, widely available wines I came across this Chardonnay which drew my eye… Most of us would probably associate South Africa primarily with Chenin Blanc. Tesco sells this Stellenbosch Chardonnay for £11; not cheap and at that price I have expectations… Tasting notes: Has a really good nose which…

The Siren Chenin Blanc

  Tasting Notes: Wine from the developing world should in my opinion be fairly traded and this one is. The wine makers attempt to improve the lot of the people in their local communities, not in this case with clean water or farming equipment, but with wifi. Crisp, dry, fruit forward. Region of Origin Western…