Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley.
In Australia it is popular in Western Australia especially within the Swan
Valley and Peel regions near Perth.
Where they produce beautiful floral, tropical aromas, that are designed to
drink young and fresh.
Its home in France is the Loire, where outstanding dry, sweet and sparkling
wines are produced. The famous wines
of Vouvray, Savenniéres, Samour and Coteaux du Layon are all made from
Chenin Blanc. The best Loire Chenin
Blancs have concentrated rich, honeyed fruit, together with
refreshingly vibrant acidity.
Called Steen in South Africa, it is the most widely planted variety. The
best examples come from Stellenbosch
where it can also be oak aged to create a full bodied style. The best
producers keep their yields down, producing
impressive wines. Chenin Blanc is also used as a cheap blending option
with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat.