54% Chenin Blanc, 17% Roussanne, 13% Grenache Blanc, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Viognier, 1% Clairette Blanc; 14.0% ABV
Wine of Origin Western Cape, South Africa
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 17 Sept
The blend in this wine looked very interesting and the low price sealed the deal. It is indeed very good!
At first opening, the wine is a bit tightly wound, showing very elegant yellow and white fruit embedded in a minerally structure. However, after a little bit being open, and especially as it warms from fridge temperature, the fruit comes out into a very nice blend showing flavors of yellow apple and melon, a little lemon, a little tropical yellow fruit (golden kiwi?), white melon / maybe pear, with a minerally finish. It was at times a little disjoint, but it seems substantial enough that it might be better the next day.
That’s indeed the case, as the wine is much better integrated and more overtly delicious the second day, with the flavors very much the same and still showing some minerality on the finish. Overall, a big Thumbs Up for this one.