Robertson Winery 2010 Chenin Blanc, Robertson, South Africa


Wouldn’t any wine marketer love to have a region named after their winery?  Robertson Wines from the Robertson district in the Breede River Valley wine region of South Africa have earned that distinction from by being recognized pioneers of wine industry in that country.  Much of that burgeoning country’s wine industry is pinning it’s hopes on Chenin Blanc becoming their exporting calling card, much like Sauvignon Blanc did for New Zealand.

Looking quite light in the glass, the 2010 Robertson Wines Chenin Blanc smells of grass and earth.  The fruit tastes are in the apple and pear range, with some Vanilla flavour as if it had  blown over water from Madagascar.  The wine had a great sharp finish.

This wine tastes like the ground that it was grown on, and in that spirit the wine can be considered to be more salt of the earth than made for the jet-set.  It is very young and authentic.  Good Stuff.

Musical Match: Somewhere along the line the white population of South Africa developed a language called Afrikaner – a dialect of Dutch. The term Dutch is misinformed bastardization Deutch, meaning German.  Well, following that convoluted trail you get to musical match – Alpine yodelling working it’s way into Bluegrass.  Bluegrass is a folk music originating in the Appalachian mountain range in eastern North America. The style is often attributed to Alpine yodelling.  Be one of 17 million plus to check out this very authentic young girl yodel her heart out. Taylor Ware does it pretty darned well.  She also nails it with a sharp ending – just like the wine.

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