Aslina, Skin Contact Chenin Blanc
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Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Aslina, Skin Contact Chenin Blanc - 2022

Item # 45882 750mL

An orange wine from the Western Cape that's made from the region's most storied white grape, Chenin Blanc. After the grapes were pressed, the juice remained in contact with the skins for days before fermenting in tank. Complex on the palate with aromas of orange peel and black tea.

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Ah, Chenin, easily one of the best white wine grapes for a winemaker to experiment with. It can take oak or retain residual sugar, be drunk fresh or age for decades. The grape has so much versatility and potential. Winemaker Ntsiki Biyela decided to start making a skin-contact wine with this grape and released her first vintage last year. Both years she has refined how she makes it, with the current vintage blending juice with various times on the skin. Some of the juice rested for 8 days to bring body, color, and a touch of tannin while the rest only sat on the skin overnight to bring fresh fruit. The result with this vintage is a complex, bright, and floral wine with some depth and the perfect weight on the palate. Pair with an afternoon nap in a hammock.

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Glossary

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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