Lately I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and try new wines that I have never experienced before. When summer comes around I am always more likely to gravitate towards rosé and white wine so this Chenin Blanc was a perfect way to step out of my normal routine and try a new wine for summer.
Chenin blanc is a white wine that is grown throughout the world, most notably in the Loire Valley of France and South Africa. Because of its high acidity, the wine can take on a variety of styles including dry whites, dessert, and sparkling. It is the most widely planted grape in South Africa where they have spent time over the years perfecting the process to compete with some of the top Chenin wine in the world. The Chenin that I am tasting today is Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc from South Africa. This Chenin is super versatile so it can be paired with a variety of food. I think it would match perfectly with seafood, salads and sharper cheeses. Today I paired it with Catamount Hills cheese with notes of swiss and parmesan and a Bellavitano black pepper cheese to add a little zest. This is the perfect wine and app combination for a hot summer day!
Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2016, $17.99 , purchase
What The Experts Say:
Brightly defined, with delicious quince, persimmon and green almond notes forming a core that is threaded with quinine and white ginger details. A light touch of toast on the finish lets the fruit and minerality play out.
What I Say:
I always like trying new things, and I have to say I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this wine. If you are a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc lover, than I suggest you try this South African Chenin Blanc. It was slightly acidic with strong fruit notes. Even though it was fruity, it was fairly dry had a lot of zest!