Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2017 & Alida Ryder’s Coq au Riesling Pasta – 23.08.2017

Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2017

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Boland Cellar is blessed with a great team working in the vineyards of their wine grape producers and a team of expert winemakers and blenders in the Cellar. Great collaboration between the viticulturists and growers ensure a wide selection of grapes from the five distinctly different climates in their production regions.

Chenin Blanc grapes ripening on the vine

The grapes for the Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2017 come from Paardeberg in the Paarl Wine Appellation and the cooler maritime area of Philadelphia. With the grapes ripening at different times the climatic differences are clearly shown.  The grapes are harvested at different times in the ideal ripeness window broadening the palette of wines the winemakers have for the final blending of this wine.

Boland Cellar Tasting and Sales Room

Classic white wine making practices were applied with the grape coming into the cellar, destemmed and crushed and being allowed four hours cold soaking on the skins.  This was then followed by fermentation and lying on the lees for three months before being prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Bottle in a Burgundy shaped bottle under screw cap. In the glass, it is a gem bright straw colour with youthful green flashes.

It smells like
All the typical Chenin whiffs, tropical fruits, guava particularly. Lovely citrus notes.

It tastes like
From entry it is crispy, sappy with a lovely acidity following through to the ling tail.  It has the fullness of ripe green melon in a big mid palate.

Alida Ryder’s Coq au Riesling Pasta

It’s good with
Excellent sunset sipper or as an aperitif.  It can certainly take you through the meal, even one with roast pork in the middle. Alida Ryder’s Coq au Riesling Pasta is the perfect midweek supper dish for this lovely wine. Click here for her recipe.

Alida Ryder behind the camera

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