The Oenophiliac

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Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc 2015


South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.
South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.

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Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc
Cleef’s comes from the Stellenbosch estate of Kleine Zalze, and named after founder, Nicholas Cleef, who continues that legacy of producing great wine from the Loire based fruit via the Coastal Region of South Africa.

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March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mike Matthews: Behind the scenes at “Braaiday” at High Timber


High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and blogger’s … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

Napa tasting highlights whites


Chenin Blanc and Albariño came out top in a tasting of Napa Valley whites made from grapes other than Chardonnay and Sauvignon. In the US, Chardonnay outsells all other wines, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

How To Overcome Your Wine Ignorance – My post in today’s Sabotage Times 10/6/12


Do you know you’re Chardonnays from Chenin Blancs? Or what gives a wine it’s colour? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about wine below. What is it about … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wine Tasting 101: Even Sommeliers Started Off Clueless


Wine is a tough nut to crack for some, but it shouldn’t be restricted to elitist pontificating and ridiculous descriptions of flavour. There is no leather in your wine, just … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

SA Chenin nears “Tipping Point”


Chenin Blanc from South Africa is approaching a “tipping point”, according to one of the variety’s biggest pioneers, Ken Forrester. The winemaker, whose own FMC has done much to promote … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment
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