I must admit I have a little soft spot for South African wines, ever since my neighbour, who was born in South Africa introduced me to the wonders of his homeland wines. This was a few years ago now but I still remember that first sip.
The wine in question was a Boschendal 1685 Shiraz, nothing spectacular or special but there was something about it which intrigued me. I can’t remember the vintage but this was the bottle started me on my quest to discover more of what South Africa has to offer.
A few more years down the line and I’m still enjoying South African wines, so this brings me finally (I hear you all cry) to give you my thoughts on this latest bottle, Tesco Finest Swartland Chenin Blanc 2014, which I picked up at Tesco a few months back and I think it was on some kind of offer, didn’t pay a lot for it anyway.
Hailing from the Swartland region winemaker Adi Badenhorst has brought us a wine with intense fruit which bursts into life with its slightly creamy yet citrusy zing. Bright golden colour with aromas of honey, melon and nectarines.
Tasted this really chilled and the fruit flavours were really intense but still with a creamy feel. There was a kind of Sweet and sour element to it as well, starting off tasting fairly sweet but finishing with a tartness which became tarter as the wine warmed. Slightly smokey with a rich texture of over ripe tropical fruit.
I would say that this tasted better really cold, as I said earlier the sourness was more noticeable as the glass warmed up. Could probably handle spicy food but perfectly acceptable as a standalone drink and for the price of around £6.99 this is a very good wine.
Tesco around £6.99