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Sunday, November 27, 2016
The Free-run Steen Chenin Blanc by MAN Vintners from South Africa is nice and crisp with citrus and green apple notes. If you like white wine, make sure you taste this Chenin Blanc from this region.
The Agter-Paarl area is the ideal region for growing Chenin Blanc and our farmers have the largest collection of old vine Chenin Blanc in the country. To do justice to the excellent bush vine (un-trellised) grapes, we only use free-run juice – we don't press the grape skins – and we leave the Chenin Blanc on its lees for three to four months before bottling for a richer, fuller mouthfeel. We call this our 'sweet and sour' wine - the acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced. We've been told many times that this is a wine you taste and immediately love - and who are we to disagree?
This one of those wines that you keep in stock for when you want wine and you need to take a wine to a soiree. It will pair well with chicken, fish, cheese, figs, and other yummy delights. Basically, don't sleep on this on wine. It should run you around $9-$10 bucks.
MAN is one of my favorite South African wineries. My first experience with their wine when I tried their Pinotage. I enjoyed that one so I moved to their white wine. Not only is their wine very good, but very affordable. You should be able to find MAN wines at spots like Costco or Fresh Direct. Their goal is to make high quality wines that you can drink every day. I'd say their mission has been achieved.