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2012 Ernie Els Wines Chenin Blanc Big Easy Western Cape
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2012 Ernie Els Wines Chenin Blanc Big Easy Western Cape

Producer: Ernie Els Wines
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chenin Blanc
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Pale, bright yellow.  Expressive, pure aromas of yellow fruits, lanolin and dusty herbs are lifted by a lemony element.  Bright and slightly tart-edged, showing almost sauvignon-like pungency to its concentrated flavors of lemon, gooseberry and dusty herbs.  Conveys a dusty impression of extract enlivened by harmonious acidity.

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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

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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