Chenin Blanc is another favourite further up the Loire, with Vouvray offering great wines. South Africa produces plenty of Chenin Blanc and some of it is really good.
We had a bottle of Dassen View Chenin Blanc 2007, from a winemaker who produced his first bottle at home at the age of twelve. Some kids are more useful than others.
This wine was probably a lot better than the first example in his parents fridge. It was pale and bright with an aroma of apples and pears. Dry, with a crisp acidity the fresh crunchy fruit flavour carried on to the palate with a softening touch of honey. Medium bodied with medium alcohol the focus is on the fruit.
This wine comes in at around £5-6 from Laithwaites, and whilst the Loire produces better Chenins it doesn’t supply many this good at this price to the UK. It’s a shame.