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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007
Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007
(search item no. 96226)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $8.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

88% Chenin Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Viognier

This crisp, crowd-pleasing white from Mulderbosch's sister winery displays fresh peach, melon, citrus, and tropical fruit flavors, with hints of almond and delicate floral and spice notes. A versatile and refreshing alternative to boring Pinot Grigio, it works wonders with grilled vegetables, salads, pan-seared fish, smoked chicken, and light pasta dishes.

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About Kanu:

The vineyards and cellar of Kanu wines are located on the Goedgeloof (HOOT-ha-loof) farm, nestled in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch. The property once formed a part of the original Spier Wine Estate, granted to a German soldier by Cape governor Simon van der Stel in 1692. According to a veteran farm hand on Goedgeloof, Kanu was a mythical bird of promise. The creature’s appearance in the African skies signaled the blessings of a bountiful harvest for all those who fell under its shadow. The wines of Kanu celebrate this traditional African legend.

Recognized globally as a producer of world class Chenin Blanc, Kanu was one of only three estates to be awarded inaugural "Super Chenin" status by the South African Chenin Blanc Association, an honor granted to producers who have demonstrated a track record of consistently outstanding bottlings. Kanu’s Chenins are crafted from the fruit of bush vines with an average age of 30 years, planted predominantly on decomposed Malmesbury shale soils.

Today the Kanu tradition of excellence continues under Cellarmaster Richard Kershaw. A proponent of minimal intervention winemaking, Kershaw employs natural "wild" fermentations. He seeks to craft balanced and approachable wines with moderate alcohol levels and minimal oak influence, allowing the true flavors of the wine to shine through. This winning formula has resulted in consistent critical praise and "Best Buy"/"Best Value" accolades.