food and drink 23.1.2018 03:29 pm

Lock, stock and wine barrel: Breedekloof

Image courtesy Chance Agrella/ Freerangestock.com

Image courtesy Chance Agrella/ Freerangestock.com

Chenin blanc is considered a versatile variety, and it’s that which makes it such a zesty wine.

Chef Pete Goffe-Wood, in association with the Breedekloof Makers, is spreading the word of chenin blanc – something that can help South Africa establish itself as one of the best chenin blanc producers.

The Breedekloof Valley currently produces an estimated 20% of chenin blanc in South Africa.

The area, a little more off the radar when compared with wine-making districts like Paarl or Stellenbosch, has one thing – a notoriety for an exceptional varietal.

In 2014, Breedekloof Makers, comprising of 12 wineries, began to create limited-release barrel fermented chenin blanc, mostly from old vineyards, that would reflect the valley’s unique geography, climate, mountains, rivers and varied geology.

Chenin blanc is considered a versatile variety, and it’s that which makes it such a zesty wine – there’s room to play.

Equally, many of the Breedekloof winemakers are young, some showing their first vintage, and they’re not afraid to create spectacular wines that are special, unique and ground-breaking in terms of challenging the perceptions of chenin blanc.

From the 12 wineries, wines range from youthful to oak-matured. Some are easy-drinking and some are for special occasions.

It’s that variety that makes Breedekloof so special and their wines an asset you should be proud to have in your home.

Restaurants are picking up how important these chenin blancs are. Order it when you see it on the menu.

To know more about Breedekloof Valley, visit www.breedekloof.com

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