Finally, it’s 9pm and I can sit down with my husband, a bottle of wine or two and just chill. Tonight we are cracking open a 2011 South African Fairtrade Chenin Blanc Colombard originating from the Western Cape and, as I’m sure you will have guessed by the title, produced from a blend of Chenin Blanc and Colombard grapes.
I’d love to be able to wow you all and go on about the bouquet, telling you how it tastes just like a cherry wood bonfire in a forest of pine trees or tart wild strawberries washed in a mineral rich stream and then lightly crystallised in Demerara sugar but I’m not a wine connoisseur and I have no intention of pretending to be one. I like wine and I enjoy drinking wine – quite a lot of wine actually – but I’m no expert so what you read here is purely my experience and, hopefully, enjoyment of drinking a rather nice bottle of plonk.
The first thing I notice about this particular wine is it’s fruitiness and I guess that may sound a bit of a silly thing to say when I’m drinking something that’s a product of fruit but that bold fruitiness isn’t always overly apparent and certainly not as intense as it is with this nice white.
There’s nothing insipid or watery about this one either and I like the way it leaves me feeling like I’ve actually had a glass of wine to drink and not a 40/60 mix of wine and water like so many other wines I’ve tried in the past.
Yes, I have just knocked back my first glass, but we still have two and a half more bottles to go so stay tuned.
Although it says dry on the bottle it’s not an overtly dry wine – certainly not to the extent where lips are pursed and cheeks sucked in. This wine has a subtle dryness, a lovely pale golden colour and, I have to say, is very easy to drink. Very smooth and actually rather pleasant.
Well, one bottle is done now and I think I should probably end fairly shortly before my writing becomes barely legible and I go off on a tangent and start talking about how to hand-rear Muscovy ducks.
But, one last thing before I go, I picked this wine up in my local Co-op, it’s actually produced for the Co-operative and I paid £4.29, although it was on special. I would imagine that at normal retail price you could expect to pay between £5 and £6 per bottle.
Enjoy – I certainly am!
Image by Flo Wilson.