Terre Brûlée Chenin Blanc
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Terre Brûlée Chenin Blanc - 2021

Item # 34921 750mL

The Swartland region of South Africa is teeming with winemakers who are landing very old vines (well above 70 years) and making incredible wines as a result. This comes from winemakers Tania and Vincent Carême, natives of the Loire, who fell in love with the region and haven't looked back. Dry-farmed, mineral driven and full of delicious character.

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Swartland, an emerging hotbed of quality wine producers, is to be put on your radar. Terre Brûlée (“burned earth”), from Vincent and Trina Carême of Dom. Vincent Carême in the Loire Valley’s Vouvray AOP, is making a beautiful imprint in this hot, arid District full of dry farmed, old Chenin Blanc vines. This exceptional 2018 vintage boasts hand harvested grapes, whole cluster pressing, use of indigenous yeasts, fermentation and lees aging in stainless steel, and use of new French oak. The aroma, flavor and texture of this wine presents well above its modest price! Ripe stone fruits, golden delicious apple, lime, and honeysuckle are balanced by vibrant acidity and an undercurrent of saline minerality, perhaps from ever present cooling Atlantic breezes. A superb example of Steen and one to buy now!

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South Africa

South Africa is often lumped together, under some arbitrary umbrella heading, with the other wine-producing regions of the southern hemisphere - South America, Australia, New Zealand, etc. This does a severe injustice both to the fantastic wines of South Africa and to the wine consumer: the region is peerless in its harmonious synthesis of New and Old World winemaking styles. Wines lately coming out of South Africa - in particular, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and...

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly adopted winemaking technologies have helped a dedicated group of producers to bring the country's dry...

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