Chenin Blanc is one of the more interesting grape varietals around. In its past, Chenin Blanc was only used in the lowest quality wines. In fact, when Alex Dale, the winemaker for the Granite Ridge label, first moved to South Africa, the vineyard manager offered to pull all of the Chenin Blanc out of the vineyard, thinking it would be a nuisance.
Alex decided to keep the Chenin Blanc and now, thanks in no small part to his own efforts, Chenin Blanc is one of South Africa’s signature grapes. This white is crisp, dry and refreshing, with notes of soft and ripe fruit, balanced by the right note of acidity. Chenin Blanc is also an excellent food wine and should be consumed with all sorts of food.