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We move back to my own backyard for my review of the Knorhoek Chenin Blanc 2010.

Knorhoek Wines, nestled  next to the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch, South Africa is better known for their red wine labels. Their 2010 Chenin, however, was awarded a gold Veritas, as well as a silver in the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2011. The grapes for the 2010 was hand-picked at optimal ripeness from 35 years old bush vines.

I made a mild, but rich Malayan Curry last night and thought that this, unwooded, Chenin might just be the thing to make a match made in heaven.

In the glass the wine has a brilliantly clear, rich straw-yellow colour. On the nose one finds a flamboyant basket of tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple and lime are dominant, with hints of Cape “Fynbos” honey.

In the mouth the wine disappointed a bit. Although fresh and crisp, the wine had a metallic and watered down palate that too quickly overwhelmed the fruit.

This wine, in my opinion, will pair much better with creamy seafood dishes as the palate is not muscular enough to compete with aromatic herbs and spices!

Score: 6/10


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