Monday, October 18, 2010

Bellingham Chenin Blanc 2008

Bellingham Chenin Blanc 2008
Origin: Coastal Region, South Africa
Blend: Chenin Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Medium yellow in color with tints of green, this wine is very fragrant, with aromas of ripe tropical fruit (banana, papaya, melon). Round and flavorful on the palate, the fruit flavors are nicely balanced with a mild acidity. Some sweetness develops into the finish, which is exceptionally long and rather complex ... though not necessarily in a good way.

Our rating: We think this would make for a perfectly acceptable wine to serve with mildly spicy Asian cuisines, which is how we enjoyed our bottle. It would also go well with a mixed appetizer platter. More interesting than many of this varietal we've tasted, it's also more confusing, one of the few wines that seemed to degrade the more we consumed. Our overall score is just Average, but that itself is an average of initial and final impressions.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "An invigorating crispness is complemented with notes of flowers and tropical fruit, including cantaloupe, pear and peaches."

Winery website: Bellingham Wines.

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