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The Loire Valley in France is the traditional home of chenin blanc, but it’s also South Africa’s most popular white wine grape variety, having first arrived there in 1655.

Also known for many years in South Africa as steen, the grapes for this wine came from Swartland, located about 45 miles north of Cape Town. The wine is fermented in separate lots, aged on the lees for several months and then blended before bottling.

The result is an aromatic wine with more citrus influences than its French counterpart.

Sherry: “A fragrant bouquet of spicy pear with flavors of citrus grapefruit and a touch of lime on the finish.” (3.25 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A bouquet of honeysuckle and pear with flavors of pineapple and pear and a semi-dry finish.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Available from $14 to $17.

Coming next week: Barton & Guestier Beaujolais

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