Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Arabella Chenin Blanc 2010, South Africa - Naked Wines
This South African Chenin Blanc is from Naked Wines regular, Stephen de Wet who started his winery from scratch in 2006 and, with the help of children Nicky and Jamie, turned it in to a real family business where everyone is completely dedicated.
I had tried and enjoyed Stephen's Reserve Shiraz-Viognier a few months ago (see here), so I was a little unsure of what to expect from this - would it be a typical, well-made easy-drinking crowd-pleaser in the Naked Wines house style or a mouthful of battery acid ?
In fact it proved to be pretty much everything I look for in a dry white wine at this price range with hints of wet stones and guava on the nose, a lively but ripe, mouthfilling apples-and-pears acidic structure rounded out with some tropical fruit and minerality on the palate and a good, balanced finish.
List price is a very reasonable £7.99 with 33% cashback for Angels (for more on Naked's Angels scheme, see here).
Naked Wines - http://www.nakedwines.com/