2021 Forrest Chenin Blanc
Native Country: Loire Valley, France – Specifically the province of Anjou.
Plantings Worldwide: 87,000 acres/32,500 hectares (2010) - France, South Africa (now over 50% of plantings), Canada, USA, Argentina, China, Australia, New Zealand and many more!
Chenin Blanc is the wine for every occasion! It is a variety known for its versatility in style and sweetness and for a robust acidity that explains its history of being blended to add volume and flesh to white wines. Chenin Blanc makes lithe, dry summer whites, textural and mineral sparkling wines, oak-aged styles and even exclusive and complex dessert wines.
Beth fell in love with Chenin Blanc when we sent her to the Loire Valley to discover the intricacies of Sauvignon Blanc. Returning with an excitement to show off the old vines John had lovingly planted in 1988 at our home block in Renwick, the two excited winemakers also set about expanding our plantings in the Southern Valleys to complement the steely, mineral notes of the gravels with the aromatic punch of the Brancott Clay profile.
The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the night, cold settled before being racked into our oak cuvées for fermentation (1000L barrels imported from Germany) to add some complexity and accentuate that wet lanolin character of great Chenin.
Always aiming for the classical off-dry style of the Loire, this wine is lovingly crafted and heavily debated by the passionate pair every year. Defined by flavours of Pear, Quince, Jasmine, Greengage plum and ginger, balanced by a deliciously zesty acidity on the palate and a rich mineral yet creamy texture.
It is a true French expression of the great Chameleon of grapes, Chenin Blanc, but it’s made right here in NZ for your drinking pleasure.
Perfect Food Match: A seaside picnic of Fish ‘n’ Chips