Kanu Chenin Blanc 2008
Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "The Kanu Chenin offers fresh aromas of honey, pear and white fruit, followed by an elegant, curvy array of honey, spice and pear flavors. Food-friendly but a little luxuriant, it’s a fine example of Stellenbosch Chenin. Best Buy."
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. View all Kanu Wines
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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most control over wines and vineyards until the late 1980's. Now, with a bit more competition, quality is coming around. Yet, South African wine was not even seen in American wine stores until the mid-1990's – the trade embargo on the country for their racial apartheid laws kept South African wine out of the US. When apartheid fell, so did the embargo, and SA bottles began showing up on US shelves.
White wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, much of it the Steen variety – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape gaining some raves is Sauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends was once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, which used to be a grape only your mother could love, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. The most popular regions of the country include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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Notable FactsWhite wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, the majority of it is Steen – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape the critics rave aboutSauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends were once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, a man-made crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. In describing red wines in South Africa, smoky and meaty are two terms that are common. Regionally, the most popular wine-making areas include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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6 ratings, 6 with reviews412/15/2009I've been on a Chenin kick lately. So in my search for the great ones, reading and asking retailers, I was directed to Kanu, and understanably so! Beautifully displays tropical fruits, with a hint of almond and spice. Memorable wine, and of great value! My friends thoroughly enjoyed as well.MaryO - Hanover, PA48/10/2011
a great crisp, semi-dry wine with a nice finish at a decent priceLauren Harnatkiewicz - Greensboro, NC51/30/2011My preference usually is a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon. And usually from California (my home state). However, I love wine tastings and am always trying to find other wines I like in case I am in a restaurant with no good choices in my chosen groups. I have come up with two Chenin Blancs that I would order time and time again. One is this one and one is Cafe Juno, from South Africa. I will continue to study South African wines now. My husband and I had the best Chardonnay we have ever had, hands down, from South Africa, back in 2008. Louisvale.Skip - Henderson, NV36/19/2009Bought this due to never having this vintner's product before, and the high points given by the "experts" (WS, RP, whoever it was). But it wasn't nearly as good as THEY portended it to be. OK, nothing special.mlddc - Raynham, MA57/18/2010Certainly a LOVELY wine! I'm excited about this because I'm generally a red wine lover but sometimes you have to get out of the norm. Let me tell you this wine starts out with a great nose! I can't say enough ... it has great structure, smooth but with substance. Ideal ... in my opinion! I love a fine Sauv. Blanc but this I think would be more appealing to "the crowd". Please try ... It's just soooo good!Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA45/30/2010Loved this wine - great on the deck, crisp, clean, hints of melon, lovely finish - will be buying LOTS more this summer!
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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