A ridiculous value


by admin on August 6, 2010

Wakefield sommelier Christina Stobert reviews wines, some good, some bad, some from the dep, some from the fancy SAQ, for our readers every second week.

Robertson Winery, Chenin Blanc, South Africa, 2009 8.50$

Ridiculous value at this price. Buy 2 cases today.

Taste: Tropical fruit, a little bit of citrus, solid acidity, a touch of vanilla, refreshing.

For people a little intimidated by wine, I remind you that a grape varietal is the same as an apple varietal. (A lot of people don’t know this) Apples: Macintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Russet, (over 7,500 varieties of apples out there) Grapes are the same. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc is thought to be the first grape grown in South Africa, 400 years ago. From the Loire valley in France, Chenin Blanc is thought to be the parent grape of Sauvignon Blanc.

All this to say, this grape deserves some respect, and this wine, which is very cheap, is outstanding for its price. We do get what we pay for and if you want to splurge, spend 20$ on a South African Chenin Blanc and you will start to get the idea.

Summer is here and days are longer, which means you have more day light hours to drink. Try this crowd pleaser, don’t worry that it is cheap. Pair it with grilled fish &lemon, goat’s cheese, food that requires a bit of acidity to compliment. Compliment yourself that you have discovered this easy drinking gem.  Any wine under 10$ that is not homemade, and tastes good is impressive and rare in my book.