You might know chenin blanc either from South Africa, or under it’s French heritage region of Loire. Chenin is a versatile grape producing dry and sweet wines, as well as sparkling.
Well-ripened, it is aromatic and might smell and taste of peach and other stone fruits. The less-ripened it is, the greener those aromas: think apples and pears.
The Loire has three parts to it, Upper, Middle and Lower. The Middle Loire is where chenin thrives, with notable regions including Touraine, Vouvray, and Saumur. Loire chenin is floral, flinty, and honeyed, with big acidity.
South African chenin, where most of it is made, can be fuller with the peachy stone fruit flavours dominating.
Like chardonnay, chenin can be oak-aged bringing with it nutty, toasty, honey aromas.
It has fallen in and out of vogue over the centuries. There are highly commercial displays out there, typically crisp, bland and anonymous. But dig deeper and you should be able to find some real delights.