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Drakenskloof Chenin Blanc 2012

Chenin Blanc was first brought to the Cape from the Loire by Huguenots fleeing France in the 17th century. Before long it had become the country’s predominant variety, because its natural acidity ensures that its wines retain a lively freshness even in South Africa’s warm climate.Drakenskloof is from Spier, one of South Africa’s finest wine estates. As well as a rich heritage (including some of the oldest winery buildings in the country), Spier has its own hotel, restaurant and even a cheetah reserve. The local climate is ideal for vine growing, thanks to cooling breezes that draw out the ripening process and increase fruit intensity.This white is well suited to aromatic stir-fries, crab and chilli pasta, or carrot and coriander soup.