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Sebeka Chenin Blanc 2008

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To craft the 2008 Sebeka South Africa Chenin Blanc "Steen," Chenin Blanc grapes were used; 75% came from dry-grown bush vines and 25% came from the Worcester area, both in the Cape Province. They were carefully picked, gently de-stemmed prior to membrane-pressing, and given 24 hours of cold-setting to ensure that the bright, clean juice was able to ferment at cool temperatures, approximately 16°C. Following fermentation, the wines were stored cold to preserve the fresh tropical fruit flavor. The growing season was unusually cold with excellent spring rainfall. This ensured that grapes were able to ripen fully without dehydrating or suffering from the late summer heat-waves.

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Sebeka:
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the ad... Read more
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the adventurous wine aficionado. With a 350-year winemaking history, South Africa is quickly emerging as one of the premier winegrowing regions worldwide. We invite you to pursue the real story, exploring the preconceptions and misconceptions that often swirl around a glass of South African wine. We invite you to experience South Africa, and its vibrant and turbulent viticultural history. “Since 1652…” The wine industry in South Africa, like its citizenry, has suffered economic, political, and developmental turmoil over the past 100 years. These political forces have been extremely influential in the development of vineyards as well as in the creation and exportation of wine. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, established a food supply station for their fleet of merchant ships at the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. This powerful trade company was aware that 40% of a ship’s crew could possibly suffer from scurvy during an extended ocean voyage; therefore, they mandated a daily supply of wine for its sailors to prevent this incapacitating disease. Wine in South Africa flourished around the time of the European settlement; the first European vine went into the ground in 1655 at the southern tip of Africa, which led to the production of the first wine in 1659. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Sebeka Chenin Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,970
3.50 5
04/19/2010

This has some nice dust, chalk, and steely undertones on the nose that help to frame the ripe apricot, lemon curd and pollen tones of the fruit with an enticing red floral tone. Lovely balance on the palate, if a touch soft, but this is light and fresh and round all at the same time. The flavors are a touch simple with honey and raw peanut tones embedded in earthy pear and pineapple that lead to a long, crisp finish. 87pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
2.50 5
04/07/2010

Mild aroma with apricot/peaches. The mouth is minerally and kind of dull, with a nice sweetness. Meh.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
04/07/2010

a little floral on the nose, peachy, and light melon notes. golden apples on the palate, nectarines, touches of tangerine/oranges, nice finish, balance, and mouthfeel


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
04/07/2010

Peachy mealy nose. Nice balance of pear, apricot, and a touch of steely grass. Bit of a bready finish makes this a great value.


Snooth User: raindance
200154993
3.50 5
08/10/2009

Very enjoyable with barbecued chicken.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
09/27/2008

Snappy chenin blanc, with lots of pineapple and tropical fruit flavors and aromas. Lots of acidity, too, although the wine definitely has a sweet impression. Good with fish tacos and mango salsa, or just for drinking on its own as a refresher. Bright, acidic. Nice value. First import for Sebeka.


Snooth User: George Parkinson
220047883
4.00 5
08/04/2009

color-straw yellow nose-citrus, stonefruit & lemon grass mouth-mineral & green tea finish-medum buy it drink it share it


Snooth User: rhill2990
221667464
4.00 5
04/10/2010

A very nice straw color, beautiful clarity. I taste some pear, a nice minerality with nice acidity. Very nice.


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Tasting Notes:

Our Sebeka Chenin Blanc is bright green‐gold in color, with fresh lively grapefruit, pineapple and quince aromas.  A very fine palate with a full‐flavoured middle and fresh cleansing acidity. 

To craft the 2008 Sebeka South Africa Chenin Blanc "Steen," Chenin Blanc grapes were used; 75% came from dry-grown bush vines and 25% came from the Worcester area, both in the Cape Province. They were carefully picked, gently de-stemmed prior to membrane-pressing, and given 24 hours of cold-setting to ensure that the bright, clean juice was able to ferment at cool temperatures, approximately 16°C. Following fermentation, the wines were stored cold to preserve the fresh tropical fruit flavor. The growing season was unusually cold with excellent spring rainfall. This ensured that grapes were able to ripen fully without dehydrating or suffering from the late summer heat-waves.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.32
Sugar: 0.65 grams per liter

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