Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 10/6/14)
The word Steen is noted on the front strip label…the name that South African’s give to Chenin Blanc (the most widely-planted variety in the country). I’ve had a number of Mulderbosch wines over the last 20 years and their Sauvignon Blanc and Rose’ are some of my favorite South African wines. So finding one in GO seemed a “for sure” buy to me.
Brilliant medium golden color. Very fragrant nose that also shows wafts of sulfur that eventually blow off with swirling. Then the aromas include white peach and lime. In the mouth there’s some heat (that provides a slight burning sensation) and bitterness on the front of the palate and then the flavors show more white peach, grapefruit, grapefruit pith and bitter almond, pear and spicy light oak. Has a Viognier like richness that I often perceive as flabbiness, though the acidity’s not bad. The wine is more dry than not.
My preferred style of Chenin Blanc is more fruit and little or no oak. Give me Vouvrays or the few WA state Chenins that are still out there. Had I tasted this blind, I’d have likely guessed a dry Pinot Gris, as the pear flavors really come on strong in the finish. So if that sounds enticing, give this a try. One bottle was good for me, thanks. Let me add that two days later with the one third full bottle sitting on the counter with only the screw cap back in place…it tasted much better. It was mellower and the oak had faded more to the background.