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THIOLS IN CHENIN BLANC

South African (SA) researchers have discovered that SA Chenin blancs contain significant amounts of volatile thiols, which are positive flavour active compounds, traditionally associated with Sauvigno...

Karien O'Kennedy

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MUSINGS ON THE PERCEPTION OF CHENIN BLANC QUALITY

In order for Chenin blanc to be recognised as high quality, must it be matured in wood? According to various winemakers, many top quality unwooded Chenins also exist, but they don’t seem to stand a chance with competition judges. I attended a Chenin blanc tasting with a group of winemakers recently and we tasted a combination of Chenins including the recently appointed Standard Bank Top 10. Nine out of the ten wines were wooded.

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