Fine dark fruit melds with aromas of earthy mushroom and sooty, lightly smoky notes on the nose. Blackberry and secondary blackcurrant kick in on the palate with firm tannins and balanced acidity, finishing firm and dry.
This is South Africa’s most popular Sauvignon Blanc under a new package. It has a nose of melon, tropical fruits, acacia and herbs. It’s balanced on the palate, a friendly white, with an array of apple, melon, pear and guava with refreshing acidity. Enjoyable doesn’t have to be expensive.
A cushion of sweet lees beds this youthful Chenin from Western Cape. Meadow flowers, grasses, yellow apple and tight pear are perfumed with peach blossoms and honeysuckle, finishing bright, clean, but slightly warm. This is a mix of dry farmed bush vines (60%) and trellised vines, as well as a mix of picking times. Fermentation was in a mix of French oak (10%) and stainless steel, resting on lees for 6 months before blending. At this point the wine is a bit knees-and-elbows awkward, but should settle with a little more time in bottle.
South African winemakers used to call their Chenin Blanc grape “Steen.” This is one winery that can’t quite let go of the old name. Very pale straw in colour with a spicy, white-peach nose; it’s medium-bodied, dry, with nicely balanced pear and quince flavours. (MAN is made up of the initials of the 3 owners’ wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky.)
Avondale is a biodynamic winery in South Africa's Paarl region. Owner Johnathan Grieve employs a "posse" of ducks that patrol the vineyard looking for snails. The snails apparently eat the vines. This fruit cocktail of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Muscat de Frontignan, Viognier and Sémillon is pale straw in colour with a minerally, peachy nose and a note of cinnamon; it's medium-bodied, dry with a peach and citrus flavour, well balanced with good length.
This Western Cape Chenin Blanc is tipped with 14% Sauvignon Blanc, diluting Chenin's characteristic beauty and replacing it with a placeless white blend. Pear, yellow apple and white peach have a fine cushion of stony lees and a zippy acidity. Sour lemon throughout, to the short finish. A simple, stark white that is best well chilled and served with fresh, sweet spot prawns or scallops.
The vintage for this crisply fresh, ever-reliable Sauvignon has just changed over to 2014. It is every bit as good as ever, with fresh lime, passion fruit and grass herbal notes, finishing dry enough to pair perfectly with oysters on the half shell. Outstanding value.