Monday, February 9, 2009

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2006

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2006
Origin: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Blend: Chenin Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: January 2009
Purchase Price: $8.99

Our review and rating: A greenish-gold in color, this wine has an aroma of honey and tree fruit, mostly apple. Fairly full-bodied on the palate, there is a nice balance between the initial sweetness and a mid-palate acidity. The fruit flavors are surprisingly subdued, though. The finish is rather short and somewhat smoky. Our score: Probably showing its age at this point, this wine nevertheless would be very food-friendly, pairing with a wide variety of dishes. We rate it about Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Starbright colour with a vibrant green tinge. Beautifully expressive sweet fruit aromas of yellow Golden Delicious apples, ripe pears and floral notes dominate the bouquet. A tropical fruit salad of melons, guavas and pineapples fill the palate. Sunripened Chenin has a subtle honey and raisin flavour which adds to the layered complexity and smooth silky texture on the finish."

Winery website: Simonsig Stellenbosch.

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