No other white wine so confounds me during blind tasting as Chenin Blanc. I usually guess that it's a lightly wooded Chardonnay, a lower acid Riesling, or something nondescript. I am fond, however, of thinking it's just my lack of experience with the grape and not a hole in my palate that is to blame. So I have been gathering lots and lots of examples of Chenin for a grand tasting sometime in the early autumn.
The wine I was looking for is from the Breede River Valley in South Africa. Most of what we get here is the States is from the coastal regions of SA, and Breede is right behind that, with a more continental climate.
It is also stunningly gorgeous.
The Blue Ridge