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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is strangely not common in New Zealand, but is deceptively so worldwide. California and South Africa make fine examples but also use it for volume: plantings in each exceed its homeland, France. At home in the cool Loire Valley, Chenin grows near sibling-grape Sauvignon Blanc to make many important, mineral styles: from super-value Methode Traditionelle to complex, fleshy whites like Saumur and Vouvray to rich dessert wines like Bonnezeaux. Chenin is loved by exclusive dessert winemakers for the same reason it is by mass producers of still whites in sun-baked California: for its ability, like Riesling, to retain acid when very ripe. A versatile and impressive variety, top Chenins age for a century while basic ones never fail to please with seafood and white meats.

Chenin Blanc

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  1. 2015 Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc

    2015 Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc

    Rick’s Picks
    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    Aromatic but dry and thoroughly delicious, Astrolabe impresses again with this classic Loire grape that is too-little seen in NZ. Fresh but not harsh acidity holds up restrained fruit and heaps ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Amisfield Chenin Blanc

    2016 Amisfield Chenin Blanc

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A fresh and classic Chenin Blanc from Central Otago. Amisfield apply their usual class and expertise to this promising variety, bringing the fresh tree fruit and stony minerality to a just ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  3. 2017 Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Silex

    2017 Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Silex

    91 Points John Caro
    This favourite is what Vouvray is all about – a wine of contradictions it is fresh, dry and steely-mineral yet with a nice plump texture, rounded and nuanced. Or 'gently dry' as they say in ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc

    2016 Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc

    Biodynamic
    95 Points Sam Kim
    New Zealand's reference-point for Chenin Blanc and one of the best Chenins in the world for the price. Biodynamic legend James Millton's has great dedication to this grape, with vintage ...
    $30.99 in mixed 6+ or $34.99 per bottle
  5. 2005 Marc Bredif Vouvray

    2005 Marc Bredif Vouvray

    While Stocks Last
    5 Stars John Caro
    A superb price for the 2005 vintage! From an "outstanding" year in the Loire, this 13-year-old beauty has been specially held back -- as per Bredif tradition -- to be aged deep in the ancient ...
    $55.99 in mixed 6+ or $62.99 per bottle
  6. 1999 Marc Bredif  Vouvray

    1999 Marc Bredif Vouvray

    While Stocks Last
    95 Points John Caro
    Yes, 1999 vintage! A show of how balanced Marc Bredif Vouvrays are, this complex drop has been aged in Chateau until good and ready to show its very best. Every good year, large stocks are kept ...
    $61.99 in mixed 6+ or $68.99 per bottle

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