Mon 6 Oct 2008
The Sebeka Chenin Blanc “Steen” 2008, Western Cape, is the best wine I have tried from this South African producer marketed by E.&J. Gallo. 2008? Right, remember, South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, where harvest usually occurs in April. “Steen” is the name the chenin blanc grape goes by in South Africa. Made all in stainless steel, this clean, fresh version offers a fruit cocktail bouquet of quince, kiwi, lime and ruby grapefruit woven with limestone and gunflint. There’s more lime and ruby grapefruit in the mouth, with hints of lemon and pear and a trace of grapefruit bitterness on the stony but not austere finish. The wine is bright and lively with crisp acid. We drank this as an aperitif for a couple of nights and enjoyed it thoroughly. Very good. About $10 and a Great Bargain. I have seen the wine discounted as low as $6.25.