Feb 3, 2007
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005
SIMONSIG CHENIN BLANC 2005
, from South Africa's Stellenbosch region. Chenin blanc does famously well in South Africa—the grape accounts for about 20 percent of all the plantings in the country—and this one is a jewel, ripe and aromatic, fainltly petillant, luscious (think apricot nectar), and only very slightly hot in the finish. Not a wine to fuss about; one to drink big, frosty goblets of.
This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #90
Chenin blanc makes extraordinary wine, dry and sweet and in between, in the French region of Vouvray, and a few California producers do something nice with it, too. But for a wine that's both delicious and double-take inexpensive, it's hard to beat