Mellasat Chenin Blanc

Mellasat Chenin Blanc

Have you tried Mellasat Chenin Blanc before? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! 

The Mellasat Chenin Blanc is unwooded, well balanced and made in a fruity easy drinking style. Abundant tropical fruit flavours on the nose with depth in character due to growth on established 40 year old bush vines13% ABV 

Mellasat Chenin Blanc

The popularity of Chenin Blanc has been growing for years, and despite originating in France, most of it is now produced in South Africa! Chenin Blanc is originally from the Loire Valley in Central France, and can still be found there today despite its growing popularity in the new world of wine. You won’t find Chenin Blanc listed on the label of the wines of France though, so make sure you look out for names such as Vouvray, Bonnezeaux, Quarts de Chaume, Montlouis or Coteaux du Layon, Savennieres or Anjou. These are all Chenin Blanc.

Where you’ll find Chenin Blanc

Despite its origins in France, 55% of all Chenin Blanc in the world is planted in South Africa, and only 30% is grown in France. It also thrives in California and can be found in Australia too (although not in such large amounts). For a while, South African Chenin Blanc was known by its Afrikaans name Steen, so you might still find this on labels. In France, Vouvray and Sanennieres are the most well-known regions, but Anjoy and Saumur are also highly regarded.

What to pair with Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc’s bright acidity makes it perfect for pairing with richer foods. The zippy acidity cuts through butter and cream beautifully. It’s a great pairing for roast chicken and turkey, as well as dishes with a sweet and sour note such as those from Southeast Asia and pork belly dishes. The dry style also goes well with fish and salads.

So you see, Chenin Blanc is a great wine for pairing with food too!

Summary: Chenin Blanc wine guide

Chenin Blanc is versatile in its flavour profiles, offering something to suit everyone’s palate. But this also makes it a great food wine as it is great for pairing with plenty of dishes, from apertif to roast turkey at a Thanksgiving dinner. No matter how you want to enjoy it, there is plenty to discover when it comes to Chenin Blanc.


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