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The Chenin Blanc is white grape & is produced for several types of wines, from dry to sweet to sparkling wines. Chenin originates from the Loire Valley, France where it has a taste of dry-off dry sweetness, high acidity with fresh unoaked ripe citrus, green & tropical flavours.
South-Africa is known for producing Chenin Blanc too. More tropical flavours will develop in these wines, due to the hot climate. In general, South-Africa Chenins are value for money, but the country has more premium ones too. Furthermore, Chenin Blanc grapes are planted in the USA & Argentina too.
Blends with Chenin Blanc are made in South-Africa too. Chardonnay is used, Sauvignon Blanc adds freshness & acidity to the blend. An interesting way is the blend of Semillon, Viognier & Marsanne too, creating a Chardonnay-style of wine.
Other names for Chenin Blanc is Vouvray (France) & Steen (South-Africa).
With the sweetness component in the Chenin Blanc, it goes well with sweet/sour food. Asian food, Pork with apples or other white meats. Soft-semi hard cheeses like brie do well too.