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Kanu wins Gold at Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
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Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 – New World Wines (Chenin Blanc)..

This is a category in the rudest of health. From cheap to expensive, oaked to unoaked and dry to off-dry, it delivered high-quality wines at good prices. Yes, the wines might take a bit of pushing (either through recommendation or by the glass) but the overall standard here was truly impressive.

Down the years we’ve had the odd interloper in the medal table from California or New Zealand, but increasingly this is all about South Africa, which seems to have created a definitive style all of its own, much like the Kiwis did with Sauvignon Blanc. Well worth exploring.

From The Tasting Teams
‘Unfortunately Chenin Blanc is not a go-to variety in the on-trade. But I am sure you could convince many Chardonnay fans to have a glass of these. Overall quality here was very good.’ Sandro Lyhs, Oxo Tower Bar

‘There were some really good examples of Chenin here, particularly at the less expensive price-points. The entry-level wines showed varietal typicity, lovely and fresh. I’ve used them a lot to go with Thai food and they’re incredibly successful.’ Annette Scarfe MW, team leader

‘The lighter, entry-level styles can be good summertime wines, providing cheap and uncomplicated drinking for people getting tired of Sauvignon Blanc. But the best of these wines were the more complex, richer wines higher up the scale, which offer complexity and interesting food matching possibilities.’ Sara Bachiorri, Chez Bruce

Kanu KCB 2013 was awarded a gold medal from the Sommelier Wine Awards (as one of two wineries to be awarded Gold in 2015 Chenin Blanc Category). The judges’ comments:

A rich, sumptuous off-dry Chenin Blanc, Athila Roos of The Arts Club summarised its appeal, saying: 'A wine of tasty and delicious extremes.' Team leader Natasha Hughes MW described it as ‘poised’, while Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place found plenty going on too: ‘Honeyed nose, full and round, apricot, ripe peach, white and yellow flowers, yellow melon, with intense minerality and a long finish.’

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