CHENIN BLANC VEGAN WINE 2016 from LEIPZIG
The name, Leipzig, is from the German “city of music”, where the forefathers of this estate stem from. Originally, Mrs Alida Smit, who was born on the neighbouring farm, bought the section of land that is now known as Leipzig. Today, the farm is run by Alida Bester, who is the youngest daughter of Alida and Francois Smit. Alida Bester, along with her husband, Vian, maintain a truly lovely wine venue. We had the pleasure of meeting Vian, who explained the history of the farm and their wines while we tasted them.
South Africa is the largest producer of Chenin blanc. In South Africa, Chenin blanc is sometimes blended with Semillon, Viognier, and Marsanne to make a richer-styled wine similar to an oaked Chardonnay but with a sweeter taste. Also in South Africa, Chenin blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are blended to create a fresh and zesty dry wine.
Silver Veritas Award 2017
Grapes harvested on Phisantekraal, Tygerberg. Made from grapes that were sourced from 38-year old bush vines to produce concentrated flavours. Aged for 6 months in small oak barrels before undergoing further bottle aging.
Alcohol: 14%; Residual Sugar: 3 g/l; PH: 3.26; Total Acid: 5.9 g/l
Chenin blanc vegan wine shows intense citrus flavours coupled with a silky finish with some oak notes
Because of Chenin blanc’s awesome acidity and inherently sweet flavour, it pairs well with foods that have a sweet and sour element. Southeast Asian cuisine or pork chops with apples paired with a richer and sweeter style Chenin blanc will blow your mind.
Meat pairing: Veal, Trout, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Chop, Guinea Foul, Halibut, Smoked Salmon, Terrine, Pâté
Cheese pairing: Soft to semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses, such as triple-cream brie, gruyere, cream cheese, yoghurt and cheddar work very well with Chenin blanc. Also try herb-crusted goat cheeses.
Vegetable & fruit pairing: Squash, Jicama, Guava, Shallot, Chives, Savoy Cabbage, Yam, Carrot, Cauliflower, Oyster Mushroom, Corn, Red Bell Pepper, Apple, Quince, Pear.
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