de la Loire and Blanc d'Anjou, Steen in South Africa, White Pinot (Pinot Blanco) in
Geography Originally from the Loire Valley in France.
Other regions include Argentina, California, Mexico,
South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Viticulture Sometimes has a problem ripening in the Loire
Valley, but recent warm summers and improved viticultural
techniques have led to better yields.
Varietal/Blend Mainly used as a varietal grape.
& Character Possesses extraordinary flavour, with contrasts
of honey, guava, quince with hints of light floral
Vinification It may be fermented dry or have some sweetness
depending on style.
Style Strong acidity, well-rounded styles varying
from fresh, light unoaked to rich, heavily oaked
Dry/Sweet Sometimes affected by ''Noble Rot,'' and used
for making dessert style wines.
favored grape of the Anjou region of France and,
although naturally a hard, acidic grape slow to
mature, is made into fine sweet wines that age
well for a least ten years in the bottle. In the
U.S. the grape all too often ends up in the jug
wines of bulk producers as acidity enhancer for
otherwise flabby high sugar/alcohol blends.
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