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
Assyrtiko, the white wine grape of the Greek island Santorini, is grown by training the vines over several years to grow in the shape of a basket. The grape bunches grow on the inside, protected from the harsh sun and wind, and the leaves grow on the outside of the basket.