TASTING NOTE: 2011 Spier Chenin Blanc
Price: $7.99 at Total Wine
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sight: greenish yellow
Smell: honey, floral, lime
Taste: dry, green apple, pear, lime juice
Overall: I think this Chenin Blanc has some identity issues—he wants so desperately to be a Sauvignon Blanc. This is on the very dry end of the Chenin Blanc spectrum, with enough razor-sharp citrus to make your cheeks pucker. It’s a little more full-bodied than most Sauvignon Blancs I’ve had though, leading the fruit to have a “bigger” presence. The nose has a tight, honeyed lime component with a pleasant white flower accent, while the palate introduces some tree fruit flavors and a definitive dryness. It finishes very floral, like jasmine. Excellent seafood companion or summer sipper. Over-delivers at the price point, as well!