Sunday, November 21, 2010

Arabella Chenin Blanc 2010

Another wine from my Naked Wines taster pack today.

I consider myself a white wine person - that is, if I had to choose between red or white to drink for the rest of my life, I'd choose white. It offers more styles, is more flexible with food, and is more refreshing. I appreciate most of these styles, but one that I am struggling with is South African Chenin Blanc.

I haven't had one that I have really liked. Is it that I just don't get it? I love Loire Valley (France) Chenin Blanc - it can be complex, honeyed, crisp, bubbly, off-dry, sweet...pretty much whatever you want. This stuff however just seems to be mostly flat and neutral with a bit of rotten apple aftertaste. It induced full-body shudders from Miriam (she can be fussy though), and I only could really drink it after I had chilled it down to near-freezing temperatures. Is it the new Pinot Grigio perhaps?

Anyway, I could be harsher but I'm starting to think I just don't like this style.

Chenin Blanc 2010
Robertson Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
Naked Wines


  1. surely this gets a 1... have not seen one of those for a while. Please dont keep any for next week. d

  2. Well, like I said I could have been harsher on it, but that would have been unfair I think. This stuff just doesn't do it for me, and it wasn't faulty really.