Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by some to be “cheap and cheerful quaff,” but it is now gaining an appreciation around the globe. South African Chenin Blanc has found its way onto wine lists at some of the world’s top restaurants, including Michelin starred restaurants in New York and in Hong Kong. When he bought Mulderbosch, [Charles] Banks decided to focus on the vineyard’s Chenin Blanc grapes.
“There is a level of quality and dimension and richness that you get from grapes grown in old vineyards,” he [winemaker Adam Mason] explained while visiting New York.
by Leslie Gevirtz | journalist New York