Kanu Chenin Blanc 2008
Chenin Blanc from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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."
I'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.
My 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.
Certainly 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!
Light & Crisp
a great crisp, semi-dry wine with a nice finish at a decent price
Loved this wine - great on the deck, crisp, clean, hints of melon, lovely finish - will be buying LOTS more this summer!
Bought 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.
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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...
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Learn About South Africa
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...
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Learn About Chenin Blanc
Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the
Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres,
Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both
dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...
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