2010 Cederberg Chenin Blanc Cederberg

SKU #1075189 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale silvery green-yellow color. Grapefruit pith, honeydew, guava, pepper and wild herbs on the nose, along with a sauvignon-like grassy element. Juicy, minty and bright, with refreshing peppery lift to the very dry flavors of citrus fruit and fynbos; more restrained than this winery's sauvignon blanc. The racy finish shows very good cut. Try this with spicy, fruit-based grilled fish preparations and chutneys.  (3/ 2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Soft citrus, green apple and plum lead the way on the nose of this easy-drinking white. More of the same unfolds in the brisk mouth, with tart green berries and lime pith staying through the close.  (11/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 h-toned style, with talcum powder and tarragon notes leading to a core of crisp apple and pear skin flavors. Tangy finish. (Web Only- 2012)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2011  | Send Email
Cederberg is the highest elevation winery in the Cape, which makes possible the production of incredibly cool, racy whites. The 2010 Chenin is just that - crisp and mineral-driven, with citrus and green apple aromas with whispers of honey and dandelion. In the mouth the wine is brisk and refreshing as mouthwatering acidity frames a leesy palate and more tropical fruit comes forward. This would be excellent with many different dishes, from fried chicken to Thai.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/30/2011  | Send Email
This Chenin Blanc is a vibrantly fresh, deliciously unoaked version that was created in a precise, highly reductive style to eliminate oxidation, using specific yeast cultures to enhance the aromatic citrus qualities of the fruit. After fermentation, the wine spent about 5 months on both its own as well as Sauvignon Blanc lees. A lustrous white wine of aromatic audacity, great appeal and intrigue, characterized by stone fruit, white grapefruit, green plum and yes, gooseberry flavors, satisfyingly rich and round on the lingering finish.
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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13