Stellenrust is a prolific producer of Chenin Blanc, making a range of exceptional offerings, as well as producing one of South Africa’s best value Chenin’s with their entry level Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc. The current 2022 release is another beauty, sourced from vines ranging from 30-48 years, this has a palate intriguing fruit intensity and an engaging texture with counter balancing acidity driving this to an impressive finish. For the fans of the varietal this is a terrific value play and for those looking for a Chardonnay alternative this is definitely a worthy candidate. Who needs Chardonnay when you can drink something like this that delivers this much pleasure for its price? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that this also is a great white option for the upcoming holidays. This is a deliciously delightful older-vine value priced Chenin for $14.99.
90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Always in the run off for the title of best value Chenin Blanc in South Africa, this is a large volume release that always delivers in the glass, with lots of old vine concentration. Lightly wooded, it has pear, honeydew melon and citrus flavours and restrained alcohol. 2022-25
4 Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Nectarine tang of 22 (88 pts) offset by cream breadth from 5 months lees & 16% old oak. Bottelary bushvines, some 45 years old; natural ferment. Lots to like.
A cool winter, allowed for early budding and foliage development for these old bush vines in Spring to create a good environment for the phenolic and sugar ripening through summer. Blended from multiple older bush vine vineyards this Chenin is an over performer within its class and a benchmark for the South African export market of Chenin Blanc.
Grapes are harvested from vineyards planted to decomposed granite and vary in age, but no younger than 30 years and up to 48 years. It is allowed short skin contact and natural settling in the tank. 16% is fermented in 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels and 84% in stainless steel after which both portions are kept 5 months on the fermentation lees before it is blended and fined. Fermentation is a slow natural process and wild yeast ferments like this can take up to 3 months to finish.
This Chenin Blanc shows strong lime and some tropical fruit on the nose with a mineral palate of grapefruit and pear drop making it a great accompaniment to dishes such as smoked chicken salad on a warm summer’s day or thinly sliced carpaccio served on a bed of rocket with a lemon olive oil and black pepper dressing