89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Straw-yellow. Musky, low-toned aromas of flint and ginger, plus an almost fusel quality. Round and spicy but not yet filled in, with smoke, flint and fusel qualities currently dominating pineapple fruit. Soft, broad and fairly dry chenin blanc with good texture. I'd give this some time in the cellar.
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Chenin Blanc, the most important white grape variety of the central Loire Valley, ranges in style from bone dry to medium sweet to staggeringly rich in appellations like Vouvray, Montlouis, Savennieres, and Coteaux de Layon. In all styles, expect high levels of acid that can provide tremendous amounts of balance to these wines...
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