2009 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

SKU #1057000

According to the Wine Spectator: "Fresh, with nice cut to the white peach and chamomile notes, backed by a hint of lime on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now." (05/10)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/16/2010  | Send Email
This is an absolutely delicious white wine. While sharing many a commonality with Chenin from the Loire Valley, this has a distinct South African stamp and exemplifies what I've come to expect from exceptionally well grown Steen (what Chenin is called down there). On the nose I get whiffs of apple jolly-rancher candy, sweet yellow apple skin, pear blossom and a tiny hint of baking spices. In the mouth the wine is round, velvety, bursting with juicy flavors but all held together with a soft yet taught acidity. This is an absolutely delicious white wine. Wait... I said that already. And a hell of bargain at that. Enjoy!! CM

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 9/19/2011 
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A good South African chenin blanc with just enough acidity to keep it balanced.

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.