Chenin Blanc is a variety that has been quite successfully proliferated in South Africa, and this is a wonderful example. Orchard fruit flavors of apple, pear and quince are pleasantly displayed on the palate, accented by notes of honeycomb and straw. The wine was aged in a bit of oak, making it a richer version of the variety, as well as a delightful companion for pork dishes that incorporate a bit of sweetness, such as honey-roasted ham.
Wellington, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvingon, considered one of the world's most noble and popular grapes, is actually a genetic cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that likely occured by accident in the 17th century. DNA tests confirmed the variety's origins in 1996.