Crown + Thieves 2017 Chenin Blanc

Crown + Thieves 2017 Chenin Blanc

Referred to as ‘Steen’ in South Africa, Chenin Blanc is the ultimate in wine geek white grapes. Hailing from The Loire Valley, where I personally feel our region is more akin to, Chenin Blanc is a beguilingly enigmatic grape capable of a wide range in style of wines. This baby started life in a tank (to preserve that back of racy acid) and then was transferred to old oak for 10 months to flesh it out while swimming in its lees. So what do you want in a Chenin? Texture framed by acid with notes of baked apple, some ginger with honeyed pear overtones. Maybe one day we’ll make a Vouvray, but for now I’m pretty stoked on our very own little Savennières here. #talknerdytome



‘Winemaker Jason Parkes pays homage to South Africa chenin blanc, referring to it as the ultimate wine geek white. Translation: adored by industry types but difficult to sell to the mainstream market. Parkes also references the Loire Valley chenin blanc suggesting the Okanagan has much in common with the Loire. This wine was tank fermented before spending ten months on lees in oak to build texture and mouthfeel. Its pretty delicious stuff, taut and super fresh with crisp green apple, green melon, stone and almonds. Impressive wine that is totally nerd worthy. 89 points – Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine. Tasted November 8 2018