White, Ready, but will keep

2010 Rudera De Tradisie Chenin Blanc Rudera, Stellenbosch

2010 Rudera De Tradisie Chenin Blanc Rudera, Stellenbosch

White | Ready, but will keep | Rudera Wines | Code:  23533 | 2010 | France > Alsace > Grand Cru Alsace > Altenberg de Bergbieten | Chenin Blanc | Light-Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Rudera Wines

Rudera Wines

Rudera Wines is a boutique wine producer in South Africa specialising in Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon since 1999. The De Tradisie is an elegant, barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc, made in a dry, refreshing style and for us in the Berry Bros. & Rudd Fine wine team was one of two great examples of South African Chenin Blanc.

The Grape

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley and the most widely planted varietal grape in South Africa.

In the Loire it produces high quality dry wines in Savenniéres, and luscious sweet, dessert wines in Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume. In Vouvray and Montlouis it can be dry, medium dry, or sweet, and still or sparkling. Whether dry or sweet, the best Loire Chenin Blancs possess marvellously concentrated rich, honeyed fruit together with refreshingly vibrant acidity. It is Chenin Blanc's high acidity that enable the wines to age so well.

In South Africa Chenin Blanc is easier to grow and is prized for its versatility. It is used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat but also bottled unblended. The best producers keep their yields low and produce impressive mouthfilling wines.

The Region

Altenberg de Bergbieten

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