Friday, December 23, 2011

Review: ***+ $$ Granite Ridge Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2010

By way of background, opening thoughts: Chenin blanc is an intriguing white wine.  Often used as a blender, its sleek style can often work effectively as a stand-alone varietal, and often will stand up well to aging.  This one from South Africa is offered by importer Barclay's Wine , which provided the review sample.

Original tasting and review : This is Granite Ridge Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Clear with light yellow and golden cast.

On the nose: Poured cool, shows sweet, soft pineapple and citrus fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light and fruity, perhaps with citrus-style acids.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact waves of tropical fruit on the palate, from melons and pineapple to sleek citrus.  A little butterscotch sneaks in too.  Palate is smooth and sleek, as is the finish, which is modest in length, finishing with a touch of sugar.

In summary: Overall, this interesting tropical fruit medley rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, meaning it definitely warrants a return engagement.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Soft and plush both in the nose and on the palate.  Held up well.  Reminds me in some ways of the Bing Crosby Christmas carol I'm listening to right now.  Following super-long decant, five more days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Wow.  Still firm and plush.  It will now join for a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" as well!  Gains a star for how well it has knit together after almost a week in the air.  Now rates as a good value too. 

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