Woolworths' wine selector Allan Mullins sings the praises of a stellar Chenin Blanc.
The wonderful world of wine consists of so much more than pulling a cork out of a bottle, pouring it into a glass and drinking it.
Join Allan Mullins as he breaks down the what, where and how of the Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc, a proudly South African cultivar.
WHAT: Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented 2010.
WHERE: An impressive wine, housing and golf estate a chip and a putt outside Stellenbosch. Johan Joubert is the soft-spoken cellarmaster whose magic wand has turned out a remarkable number of awards in recent years.
HOW: Grapes: low-yielding old vines from the Helderberg. Soils: deep red and granite. Cellar: tank and barrel fermentation (20% new oak).
NOSE: Ripe white peach, vanilla and almond.
TASTE: Layered flavours of tropical fruit, light honey and judicious oaking. Creamy texture, uplifting acidity and lingering finish.
FOOD: Poultry with creamy sauces or light- to mediumspiced Asian dishes.
WHEN: Enjoyable now but with a structure that will improve for up to five years.
PRICE: R62 from the cellar.
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