I’ve previously contended that at the height of the South African summer, Sauvignon Blanc will have the edge on Chenin Blanc on account of possessing more refreshment value. The HoekSteen 2013 (R100 a bottle) from Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel (also winemaker at Calitzdorp’s Boplaas) is however an example of Chenin that I think you could drink no matter how high the thermometer gets.
The name means “cornerstone” and celebrates Chenin’s role as the mainstay of the local industry. Grapes come from two Stellenbosch vineyards planted in 1980 and 1981 and the wine did not spend any time in oak. Total production: 2 488 bottles.
With an alcohol by volume of 13.5%, the wine has a nice austerity about it. There’s a subtle note of orange blossom on the nose, while the palate shows lime, green apple and white peach, the finish long and slightly saline. Perfect for that period between coming back from the beach and sitting down to lunch.