While exploring the Cape winelands last year, I tasted many a fine Bordeaux and Rhone blend from Stellenbosch, and some delicious Pinot Noir from the Southern Cape. But the biggest wine-related revelation from my trip was the high quality and value of South African white wines.
I tasted a lot of exciting Chenin Blancs, Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays, but one of my favorite white wines of the trip was a Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Clairette blend that floored me with its freshness and sea-salty elegance.
You have to look around a bit to find some of the really good South African white wines here in the States, but they’re out there. I for one would like to see more and more of them.
I recently tasted through three South African white wines that were delicious and full of value. These were received as trade samples and tasted sighted. Read the rest of this entry »