Swill or Swell: Episode 9
Mbali Chenin Blanc + Viognier
Welcome to Swill or Swell, a weekly series where I taste grocery store wines and let you know if they’re worth the buck or just meant for the drain!
CAVEAT! As you read this, please keep in mind that wine is subjective! This means that everyone enjoys different things and something I like might not be something you like and vice versa. I’ll be as objective as I can with facts about the wine’s quality, but in the end if your opinion differs from mine...that’s perfectly fine! Wine is only worth drinking if YOU like drinking it!
LET’S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Today I’ll be tasting the Mbali Chenin Blanc and Viognier White Blend from California. I saw this at Trader Joe’s for $5, so I couldn’t pass that up! I’m excited about this wine because I don’t drink a lot of South African wine, and I thought it would be fun to compare it to the Pine Ridge I showed you all a couple weeks ago.
MBALI CHENIN BLANC + VIOGNIER FUN FACTS
Let’s start by talking about the Western Cape, South African region.
WINE TASTING NOTES
Look: Light yellow/straw, hint of green
Smell: Very fruit forward. Tropical: pineapple, kiwi, mango; Stone fruit: peach; Green apple. Hint of something else...maybe almond or marzipan?
Taste: Medium acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, dry
Food Pairing - Roasted white meat with some sort of fruity sauce; but also snacky foods like pretzels, chips, fresh fruit
Occasion - 100% a summer pool party wine!
Rating - Not my favorite style of wine, but overall there’s nothing off-putting about the wine. If you like fruity wine, this is for you! I give it a swell!
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