Man Family Wines, Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2016, Coastal Region, South Africa
Tasting Note: A bright, fruit-filled chenin blanc that would be a perfect accompaniment to many-a-meal that showcases a distinct, South-African, warm-weather style.
Pale-intensity lemon in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of lychee, orange citrus, ripe pear, blossom and golden apple.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied chenin blanc delivers bright, summer-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium-plus acidity completing with a lemon-citrus-infused finish.
A quality, well-made chenin blanc.
Bottle Note: Man Family Wines started in 2001 with 3 friends and their wives. To keep the peace, we named it for the wives: Marie, Anette, Nicky. Our wines are made by a close-knit team – all passionate about producing distinctive wines from this beautiful corner of Africa. Jose Conde (married to M), Tyrrel Myburgh (married to A), Philip Myburgh (married to N). “Free-run Steen” Chenin Blanc 2016. Chenin blanc thrives in the warm climate, deep soils and bush-vine vineyards of our region. We use only the free-run juice (no pressing the grapes) to preserve its clean, natural character, refreshing acidity and delicious ripe fruit flavors. Style – fresh and fruity. Flavor – ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Food – fresh shellfish, poultry and salads.
Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Alabama
Tasting Date: September 11, 2018