Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015 & Justine Wall’s Quarter Lamb Bunny – 21.04.2017

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015

There are wineries where each and every one of the wines, I would drink happily and enjoy to the full.  For me, Spice Route is one of those.

Spice Route Wine started when Charles Back bought an old tobacco farm near Malmesbury, which interestingly has the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the winelands. The trellised vineyard which provides the grapes for this wine was planted in 1978 in decomposed granite and iron rich soils, locally known as koffieklip, coffee stone, it looks like instant coffee crystals.

A bunch of Spice Route Chenin Blanc

The grapes for the Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015 were hand harvested at different times in the ‘ideal ripeness’ window to give a broader flavour. Later pickings had high sugar levels and a touch of botrytis Cinerea.  The earlier picking was fermented in stainless steel tanks and the later picking was fermented in French oak barrels and matured for 9 months. The two pickings were then blended and prepared for bottling.

Charl du Plessis, Spice Route Winemaker with assistant winemaker Licia Solomons

It looks like
Packed under screw cap in a Burgundy bottle with the elegant Spice Route label. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright yellow straw in colour.

It smells like
Tropical fruits, crisp like starfruit, desiccated pineapple and ripe white fleshed peach.  Undertow of mineral and flint.

It tastes like
From its crisp entry through to the aftertaste, the wine is rich and round and soft. The two years of age showing really well. Lovely fruit flavours evident on the nose. Full flavour of green winter melon and peach. Nice crisp ending.

Justine Wall’s Quarter Lamb Bunny

It’s good with
Excellent as a serious sipping wine, brilliant with food. The wine is fully flavoured and will happily take on dishes which match its ‘weight’. Chenin Blanc is essentially a South African grape in that the plantings here are larger than anywhere in the wine world, including the Loire Valley, its original home.  I chose a truly South African dish, the Bunny Chow to go with this wine.  Justine Wall who grew up in KZN and now lives and cooks in Wiltshire.  She recently posted a year of recipes, one each day. This was her final recipe.  Justine Wall’s Quarter Lamb Bunny is a great partner for this wine.  Click here for her recipe.

Justine Wall with an embarrassment of Pavlova

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