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The Society's Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2022

3.800000000 star rating 10 Reviews
Hot off the boat, our chenin is made for us by the Grier family at Villiera Estate on the border of Paarl and Stellenbosch, from their own sustainably farmed old bush vines - some over 30 years old - which provide a richer component to which an earlier-picked lighter proportion is added to deliver its familiar bright stone-fruit flavour.
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Code: SA18701

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chenin Blanc
  • 75cl
  • Drinking now
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

  • 100ml of this wine contains 77 kcal
  • The bottle contains 9.8 units of alcohol
  • A 125ml glass of this wine contains 96 kcal and 1.6 units of alcohol


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Villiera Wines

Villiera is a large, family-owned estate on the borders of the Paarl and Stellenbosch wine regions in South Africa.

The estate takes its name from the Villiers family who were former property owners. Since 1983, Villiera has been run by the Grier family; cousins Simon and Jeff Grier are in charge of viticulture and winemaking respectively and have steadily raised the quality of the wines. Cathy Grier Brewer, Jeff’s sister, is in charge of sales and marketing and is a regular visitor to Society tastings.

The wines
The 180 hectares of vineyards are split into roughly 40% red and 60% white grapes, with different varieties being planted as consumer tastes change. There are trials for the conversion to organic viticulture as well as plans to improve the drip irrigation system, but the farm has already been insecticide free since the early 2000s, and uses a flock of Peking duck as natural pest control. The cellars and winery were first built in the 1940s but they have expanded dramatically since the Griers took over in the 1980s.

Overall, the Grier family’s approach is one of understatement as exemplified by their Down to Earth house wines which are accessible blends of ripe fruit with distinct varietal character. The mantra here is ‘turn the ordinary into an occasion’ which the Griers certainly manage to deliver through extraordinary wines at unremarkable prices. They make a wide range of wines across a broad price spectrum, including some of the...

Villiera is a large, family-owned estate on the borders of the Paarl and Stellenbosch wine regions in South Africa.

The estate takes its name from the Villiers family who were former property owners. Since 1983, Villiera has been run by the Grier family; cousins Simon and Jeff Grier are in charge of viticulture and winemaking respectively and have steadily raised the quality of the wines. Cathy Grier Brewer, Jeff’s sister, is in charge of sales and marketing and is a regular visitor to Society tastings.

The wines
The 180 hectares of vineyards are split into roughly 40% red and 60% white grapes, with different varieties being planted as consumer tastes change. There are trials for the conversion to organic viticulture as well as plans to improve the drip irrigation system, but the farm has already been insecticide free since the early 2000s, and uses a flock of Peking duck as natural pest control. The cellars and winery were first built in the 1940s but they have expanded dramatically since the Griers took over in the 1980s.

Overall, the Grier family’s approach is one of understatement as exemplified by their Down to Earth house wines which are accessible blends of ripe fruit with distinct varietal character. The mantra here is ‘turn the ordinary into an occasion’ which the Griers certainly manage to deliver through extraordinary wines at unremarkable prices. They make a wide range of wines across a broad price spectrum, including some of the Cape’s most popular bubbly.

Environmental sustainability
In 2010 Villiera installed the largest privately owned roof-mounted solar power generation facility in South Africa. It supplies most of the estate’s needs outside of harvest time.

In the vineyard they limit the amount of passes that tractors make, which both limits compaction of the soil and burns less fuel. Insecticide use has ceased and they rely on natural predators to control pests such as mealy bug. They also attract birds of prey to scare off flocks of smaller grape eating birds. In an area of water stress, the estate captures all its winter runoff water and strictly control the use of it for irrigation purposes in summer.

The family quietly gives a large percentage of its land over to conservation as part of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative as well as planting thousands of indigenous trees and maintaining a wildlife sanctuary on site. They estimate they have planted planting 100,000 trees.

Social sustainability
Villiera Wines is home to the Pebbles Project which enriches the lives of thousands of children in the Winelands of the Western Cape by focusing on five key areas: Education, Health, Nutrition, Community and Protection.  Villiera is also home to The Owethu Clinic.

The Villiera Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre is operated under the supervision of the Pebbles Project.  Early childhood development is provided to more than 30 children of Villiera farm workers and the fully equipped after-school club provides a safe environment where children can complete homework assignments under supervision while their parents are still at work.

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Belfast News Letter

Best white wine of 2022 (£10 or less): ... taut, bone-dry and very elegant ... Easy-drinking, versatile and gloriously refreshing, this fabulously fresh, zesty South African white is full of sharp lime...
Best white wine of 2022 (£10 or less): ... taut, bone-dry and very elegant ... Easy-drinking, versatile and gloriously refreshing, this fabulously fresh, zesty South African white is full of sharp lime and gentler tropical fruit flavours on a lively palate alongside notes of mineral and alluring floral aromatics before a lingering, discreetly acidic finish. An ideal match to poultry or seafood, it actually graced [our] Christmas table.
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Raymond Gleug

Liverpool Echo

Chenin blanc is always a good option for Christmas celebrations. [This one] hails from South Africa and is dappled with peach perfection and green apple notes.

Jane Clare

Portsmouth News

the sort of white wine all-rounder which is essential at Christmas. Made for The Wine Society by Villiera Estate, one the Cape's best known producers, this is really fresh with rip pear, green apple and a ...
the sort of white wine all-rounder which is essential at Christmas. Made for The Wine Society by Villiera Estate, one the Cape's best known producers, this is really fresh with rip pear, green apple and a touch of honey on the nose, the palate offers perhaps more depth than you would expect from a wine at this level and the finish is crisp and lively. This is great value, and makes an easy-drinking aperitif as well as a match for simple leftovers on Boxing Day.
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Alistair Gibson

Belfast News Letter

... easy-drinking, versatile and gloriously refreshing ... This fabulously fresh, zesty South African white is full of sharp lime and gentler tropical fruit flavours on a lively palate alongside notes of...
... easy-drinking, versatile and gloriously refreshing ... This fabulously fresh, zesty South African white is full of sharp lime and gentler tropical fruit flavours on a lively palate alongside notes of mineral and alluring floral aromatics before a lingering, discreetly acidic finish. An ideal match to turkey.
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Raymond Gleug

Manchester Evening News

This chenin blanc, made by the Grier family at Villiera Estate on the border of Paarl and Stellenbosch from old bush-vines , is a prime example. Peachy, with great texture, it punches well above its...
This chenin blanc, made by the Grier family at Villiera Estate on the border of Paarl and Stellenbosch from old bush-vines , is a prime example. Peachy, with great texture, it punches well above its weight.
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Andy Cronshaw

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