2020 Olifantsberg 'The Lark' Chenin Blanc
£17.95 per bottle


An elegant and refined example of South African Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is an extremely versatile variety, producing wines that range from the bone dry to sweet and luscious. It originates from the central area of the Loire valley where it is particularly well know for producing Saumur and Vouvray. Over 50% of global plantings though are in South Africa where it is traditionally known as Steen.
The dry style of Chenin Blanc is notable for its crisp acidity and its mineral flavours mixed with crisp apple and pear. The South African versions are generally fuller flavoured with many producers using oak

Olifantsberg’s vineyards are located on the slopes of Mt Olifantsberg in the Breedeklof Valley, about 60 miles to the north east of Cape Town.  The Lark Chenin Blanc comes from a 0.6 hectare vineyard and is named after the Red Cappped Lark which is found around the local vineyards.  The wine is fermented primarily in large 500 litre barrels with a smaller proportion in 2000 litre oak foudres. This produces a fine crisp wine with bright stone fruit and citrus flavours.
Chenin Blanc goes particularly well with South East Asian cuisine due to its crisp acidity and ripe fruit flavours. Pork chops with apple sauce is also a great match with the fuller South African styles pairing well with roast turkey
Available in store and online £17.95. In the lounge for £27.95 (including corkage)

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