Complex South African Chenin Blanc - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Complex South African Chenin Blanc

Winemaker Gynore Hendricks (Photo courtesy of the winery)

Great Heart is an employee-owned venture of the teams at Mullineux and Leeu Passant, and the wines we’ve tasted this year and last offer plenty to be excited about. This is a really quaffable chenin—the candied-pear flavors laced with high-toned florals grab your attention first. Don’t inger too long on them—though I’d be happy to—or you might pass over the gentle wildflower complexity and salted-lemon lift. Most of the wine underwent its fermentation in tank, with 15 percent going into older neutral French oak. We often say wine is channeling the earth—this one exists in the clouds, floating and unencumbered.


Great Heart 2021 Swartland Chenin Blanc 

Every week, our editors highlight a wine that intrigued them in our blind panel tastings, expanding on their tasting note in this space. These are entirely editorial choices; there are no paid placements. Subscribers can also access the original tasting note by searching here.

Corey Warren is the Tastings Editor in addition to covering the wines of the Loire, Southern France, Argentina and South Africa.

This is a W&S web exclusive. Get access to all of our feature stories by signing up today.