Monday, May 28, 2007

2005 Ayama Chenin Blanc, South Africa

Ayama Chenin Blanc is produced by Slent Frams of Voor-Paardeberg, South Africa. This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc from Paarl. The grape is harvested at February 2005 and bottled at August 2005. The soil where the grapes are grown, Pedeberg Mountain, is composed of sandstone, granite and shale. according to the producer's information, this 2005 Ayama Chenin Blanc carries a 14.72% abv and contains 1.87 gram of sugar per liter.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Pale straw.

Nose: Grassy and faint pear. Hint of citrus.

Palate: More grassy and pear flavor. Mid palate is made up of lemon, apple (?) and flower notes. Fairly crisp.

Body: Light.

Finish: Clean and dry. Slightly bitter.

Comment: Good QPR consider the price paid ($7). Personally, I prefer Chenin Blanc from Saumur and Savennières which has more minerality. 14% alcohol is a bit too high as good food wine, but nonetheless, this wine match well with a dinner of roasted hake and garden salad.

Refrigerated overnight. Served with a dish of stirred-fried green beans, chicken stripes, onion and celery. This alcohol is is noticeably receded and grassy nose less dominant, but the mouth feel remains the same. On palate, in addition to the pears, it becomes more floral with even a hint of honey.

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