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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog
NV "Spellbinding", Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Turkey Vegetables

Category: Chenin Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13% RS: .43%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19.95

Leopard Frog
NV "Spellbinding", Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Turkey Vegetables

Category: Chenin Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13% RS: .43%
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of baked peaches and lemons, nut brittle, toasted coconut custard, and floral honey with a satiny, tart, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish evoking accents of quince, champagne vinaigrette on melon rind, nutskin, and grass with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting mature chenin for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: baked peaches and lemons, nut brittle, toasted coconut custard, and floral honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of quince, champagne vinaigrette on melon rind, nutskin, and grass
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Cornish Hen, Smoked Turkey Quiche, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting mature chenin for the table.

The Importer

Leopard Frog Vineyards

The Importer
8 Royal Ascot Lane
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
27 11-884-3304

Chenin Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chenin Blanc is a white wine made in numerous styles; the most famous examples are from France's Loire Valley, while there are also some notable versions from South Africa and California.

Chenin Blanc has very high acidity and is often produced in an off-dry style called demi-sec. A dry style from the Loire is called Savennières. There are also sparking versions of Chenin Blanc, namely Crémant de Loire also known as Saumur.

Dry versions are made by a few artisan estates in California, although a typical inexpensive California version is off-dry or lightly sweet. Steel aged with appealing citrus fruit, these wines should be drunk young and pair well with simple salads.