In her July 19th, 2013 column in the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague looks at Chenin Blanc, which she credits for showing depth and complexity in the hands of the right winemakers, but is often made into plonk. She looks at Chenin's history as a grape that started in the Loire Valley in France, but really took off as the largest grown varietal in South Africa. She calls it an "underdog" wine, doubting its potential to reach the popularity or following of Chardonnay and Riesling. Of the 20 wines tasted, she found the best values came from South Africa.
You can read the whole article here.