The Raconteur Bush Vine Chenin Blanc is hand-picked then fermented in stainless steel tanks. Natural yeast fermentation with no oak. Then finally left on its lees for six months to round out, adding a layer of complexity. The bush vines are 29-year-old goblet looking in shape producing high-quality bunches whilst being dry grown. Bush vines are are quite hard to manage, as they cant be machined harvested and tend be older generally. Chenin in South Africa has become one of the key grapes the country is known for.
The standout with the Raconteur wines is value for money, proof that wine doesn’t need to be expensive to be good, it’s all about the fruit and winemaking. A stainless steel expression of Chenin with no oak means this shows great varietal typicity and purity. Six months lees ageing adds texture and layers and the bottle age softens the overall wine.
South Africa offers some of the best value for money wine in the market today, this is a prime example. Made in Swartland, the heart of up and coming winemakers in South Africa. The sub-region its self saw a re-imagining with the Swartland Revolution festival and the Swartland independent producers foundation. Their aim is to make wines that show typicity and a true to original style with its own rules in varieties that can be used as well as winemaking practices. The region focuses mainly on Chenin and Shiraz grapes with smaller plantings of Mouvedre, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut.
This bush vine Chenin Blanc is pure, expressing peach and passion fruit with a lick of white pear. A crisp palate with a semi scented finish. It’s a total smasher, perfect with lighter meals, pear and walnut salads, grilled fish or scallops.