Sterhuis Chenin Blanc 2009

By , 11 January 2013

"Food wine".

“Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche” was the title of a 1982 book by US author Bruce Feirstein but the Quiche Lorraine at Joostenberg Bistro is so damn tasty all machismo must be discarded. I ordered one as a starter yesterday and it paired perfectly with the Sterhuis Chenin Blanc 2009 (restaurant price: R110 a bottle, farm price: R70).

Think Sterhuis and you probably think of its excellent Barrel Selection Chardonnay. The Chenin Blanc 2009, however, is not to be overlooked. From a vineyard planted in 1970, it spent nine months in barrel, none new. Showing citrus, peach and some appealing leesy character, it was well balanced and understated (score: 16.5/20) and a second bottle was quickly ordered. And having ordered a light starter, I was well up for a substantial main course which took the form of the establishment’s excellent braised pork cheeks and mash.


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