Tart and tight but oily

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brand NameSpier Stellenbosch
Wine NameChenin Blanc
Vintage (Year)2014
AVAWestern Cape
CountrySouth Africa
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChenin Blanc
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Alcohol %13.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating7 (on a scale of 1-10)

Chenin Blanc was the first wine type that I had which really made me start to take a more serious interest in wine.  Actually, that night it was also a Bual Madeira which caught my fancy.  Now, since it wasn't a very popular varietal in the stores I went to, I had to subsist with Sutter Home Chenin Blanc, but this was also when I was still drinking Moscato as well.

This wine is packed with citrus flavors which are very tropical.  The nose reminds me of both flowers and stone fruit.  The wine has some high acidity but then goes into an oily petrol aspect in both taste and feel that is reminiscent of so many other white wines that I have had from South Africa; must be the soil.  As it's from this year, it might change in another six months, but I doubt it.


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