Wine Review: Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2005

Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2005

Chenin Blanc is a white grape varietal that originated from the Loire Valley of France. As it has grown more and more popular in recent years, more regions of the globe are growing it. This particular Chenin Blanc comes from South Africa, which has fast become a winemaking region to watch. Chenin Blanc is the most frequently grown grape in South Africa, and as such, they produce some of the best.

Bad News First: At this price, there isn’t much bad news. However, we will say that if you are not a fan of acidic wines, this might not be for you, as Chenin Blanc is one of the most acidic white wines available. Still, you should step out more, try new things, pick up a Chenin Blanc. Especially one from South Africa and less than $10.

Now The Good: Brilliant wine for food. We don’t lean too heavily towards highly acidic wines here at WW, but this one blew us away when paired with a hard cheddar and some apricots. The acid is there, but it is balanced, something South African vintners do so well. Ruby grapefruit and lime come through, along with quince, a fruit not often found or eaten in North America; it’s basically ugly and obscenely tangy, but is delicious when sweetened. In a country where Chenin Blanc is king, Man Vinters has really raised the bar.

With Food: Fish, vegetables and cheese with fruit. Nothing else will really work with this wine, but boy do they work well.

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