Jean Daneel Signature Chenin Blanc 2005
South Africa is the world's eighth largest wine producer with 979 million liters. Few know, however, that the white grape variety Chenin Blanc is the most produced in the country with 18% of the total vine area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon at 12%.
In 2005, a Chenin Blanc wine (-03 vintage) from the producer Jean Daneel made history by being voted best wine all categories in South Africa of the leading wine guide Platter's South African Wines.
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Jean Daneel who received his training as winemaker in France and Germany are focused on the old winemaking traditions - where a lot of patience and perfection comes into play. He took a number of years to develop his skills by working as a winemaker at Buitenverwagting, where he won several trophies that included the Diners Club Award for Best Merlot. Morgenhof was his next project, where he won the Wine Challenge Magazine for the first time.
1997 he started his own cellar from a renovated stable in Franschhoek. Jean began producing wine under his own name from grapes, which he bought from other producers in different areas. But with his eldest son, who wanted to follow in his footsteps, it was now time to set up his own vineyard.
The following year he found a small estate on the river bank in Napier, located in the Agulhas area, and began building his vineyard. It is here that Jean creates well-balanced and structured wines with his son Jean-Pierre.
2006 was the year when he made the first planting of the four grape varieties Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Shiraz.
The wine that I had the opportunity to buy and test is vintage 2005 (previously had the great pleasure to taste -03 vintage at the famous and exquisite restaurant Le Quartir Francais in Franschhoek )
The colour of the wine is like a beautiful sunset in Cape Town. The aroma is full of citrus, mango, butter and pineapple. The flavour is wonderful with a great body full of lovely aromas that covers the entire palate for a long time. Nice acidity with subtle hints of tropical fruit, citrus and a buttery finish. Keep an eye on this producer that makes one of the world's best Chenin Blanc wines.