43% Chenin Blanc, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Viognier, 1% Nouvelle; 13.0% ABV
Wine of Origin Western Cape, South Africa
imported by Accolade Wines North America, Napa, CA
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store. Still there.
This wine has interested me since it arrived a while ago, especially after the Rustenburg white was pretty tasty, but I am getting to it only now. It’s also quite good.
It has a pleasant nose of yellow peach / pear and white pear / melon. On the palate, the wine shows these flavors with some yellow and white floral character, some less ripe green lime, bitterness of citrus pith and grape skin that is close to a light minerality. Anyway, if you liked the Rustenberg white, you’ll probably like this one, too. For me, it’s a Thumbs Up.
My hesitation about this wine was that it would be too old. The first day, I thought it was not showing its age at all, but the second day, it did show a tinge of oxidation. Otherwise, however, it was still quite tasty the second day, with more forward yellow tropical fruit, still balanced with the same minerality and bitterness.
About the grape Nouvelle, this site had this to say:
Nouvelle – This grape, a crossing of Semillon and Crouchen Blanc (better known as Cape Riesling), was developed in South Africa by Professor CJ Orffer of Stellenbosch University. While plantings remain tiny they are increasing, mainly for inclusion in blends. It produces wines with a strong grassy, green peppery character.
The next day…