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.
- 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.
10 recipes match for this wine.
Old World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards &amp; Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal,any meal. Get The Recipe