Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Star Tree Chenin Blanc 2010

Northern Cape, South Africa (wine review and rating)

Star Tree Chenin Blanc 2010

Origin: Northern Cape, South Africa
Blend: Chenin Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Tropical fruit and herbal tea aromas are exhibited by this gold-colored wine. Initially rich, almost creamy, on the palate, the fruit flavors -- pineapple, guava, maybe kiwi -- are nicely rounded and well balanced. The finish is brief though unremarkable.

Our rating: We served our bottle with sauteed split chicken breasts and a Mexican-inspired rice dish, a good match. We think this wine would pair with a wide variety of cuisines, particularly those that are mildly spicy. This isn't a complex wine by any wines, but a versatile one. We enjoyed it, and rate it Above Average.

No taste profile from the winemaker found.

Winery website: Orange River Cellars. Though other Star Tree wines are mentioned on the website, the Chenin Blanc is not.

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