Vinum Cellars V Chenin Blanc 2013
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This is a vibrant, pale yellow wine which glistens in the sunlight and is the quintessential summertime sipper. The first thought is refreshing after nosing this wine and discovering tropical fruits such as kiwi and casaba melon notes and a touch of linalool and blood orange notes. The palate is completely balanced in its acidity and mid palate allowing a variation of flavors to be revealed: citron lemon, key lime, Pipen apple, fig and Meyer lemon zest. It finishes with honeysuckle, mango, passion fruit and kumquat. The wine is a wonderful, refreshing aperitif or anytime wine; by the pool or with a light lunch (or serious dinner). This wine pairs well with goat cheese in salads especially with beets in a vinaigrette or on flatbread or thin crust pizzettas with figs, olives and finished with arugula and pine nuts. It works well with many fish dishes including grilled sea bass in a lemon grass fume with wild mushrooms and Marjoram. Fresh King Salmon or Halibut works well too and should be served with a slightly acidic sauce such as béchamel. It will do well even with a pork chop especially with a fig, kumquat and blood orange compote.