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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

2009 La Capra Chenin Blanc

To be completely honest I've never really been a huge fan of South African wines. However, this doesn't mean that I haven't tasted my fair share of them that have been of considerable quality. I also believe that there's a lack of exposure when comes to these wines here in the south-western Unites States. Chenin Blanc seems to be the varietal that most excels in this region and perks the most interest for my palate.

Fairview Estate, (where this wine is sourced) is a third generation family owned farm, located on the slopes of PaarlMountain in the magnificent winelands of the Cape of Good Hope. The grapes for this Chenin Blanc were sourced from bush vine vineyards located in the warm Agter-Paarland and cool Darling areas.

The wine is stainless steal fermented and also had a three months of sur lie aging.

On the nose the wine expresses aromas of citrus peel, pear, bread dough, chalk, mineral, and hints of white blossom. It also has a slight tropical aspect to it and perhaps a hint of kiwi and guava.

On the palate this wine has a pretty round texture and is backed by a good core of acidity. The flavors that make the most impact are citrus notes and subtle hints of mineral and chalk. The finish is actually quite delicious and long, showing lime peel, kiwi, and guava flavors.

This is a very nice summer wine that would be delicious with all sorts of seafood or chicken dishes. It has great varietal character and quite extensive complexity. 90 points

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