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2016 Meerestein Swartland South Africa Chenin Blanc

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This bright, tangy wine offers notes of green apple, lime, pear, watermelon, lemon, jasmine and citrus.

Varietal: Chenin Blanc Vintage: 2016
Brand: Meerestein
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About This Wine

Almost all advances in technology have been made with an eye toward making life easier.

But in South Africa, Marinda Kruger van Eck purposely embraces grapevines that make her job more difficult. They’re called bush vines, standing about knee-high, and allowed to develop a leaf canopy covering the fruit, rather than being trellised.

That canopy must be trimmed by hand in order to ensure that the grapes receive enough sunshine; then at harvest time, the grapes must be picked by hand. It’s a labor-intensive process, but one that local vintners believe produces berries with thicker skins and more intense flavors.

The 2016 Meerstein Chenin Blanc was crafted from grapes grown on 40-year-old bush vines in the Swartland region, situated about an hour from Cape Town. The signature white variety of South Africa, as crafted by Kruger van Eck, may be “low-tech,” but it’s also bright, tangy and delicious.

About Chenin Blanc

Native of Loire valley in France. Grapes have high acidity and need plenty of sun to ripen. The foundations of great long-lived whites, such as Vouvray. In South Africa and California can give soft, fruity wines with notes of melon, peach and citrus.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Chenin Blanc
  • Grape Source:Swartland Growing Area of South Africa
  • Aromas & Flavors:Green Apple, Lime, Pear, Watermelon, Lemon, Jasmine and Citrus
  • Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2019
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:pork chops, or chicken fried steak.

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3.7/ 5.0
Rating: 4

16 Ratings


    • Rating: 4

    I LOVE South African wines. The whites are clean, refreshing an not overly oaked. This Chenin Blanc is clean and is great with fishchickena before dinner drink. I would definitely buy this again

    1/01/2018 Joy K.
    • Camarillo, CA
    • Rater Rank 437
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 3.8
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 4

    Very nice

    10/07/2017 John S.
    • Littleton, NC
    • Rater Rank 33
    • Number of Ratings 36
    • Average 3.6
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 4

    Outstanding! More wine like this would make the world a better place.

    7/26/2017 Joseph C.
    • San Luis Obispo, CA
    • Rater Rank 76
    • Number of Ratings 22
    • Average 4.2
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 4

    just a very nice homey well crafted wine that has a wonderful taste

    • Number of Ratings 1
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    • Would Buy Again


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