sunshine AND LIGHT
There’s a big difference between wines that are imbued with sunshine – think rich fruity chenins – to ones that are filled with light. Luminous wines offer pure crystalline fruit; they fizzle with energy and have acidities that border on electric.
I recently had this revelation at a tasting of the 2017 releases for Alheit Vineyards. Their winemaker, Chris Alheit, somehow manages to bottle the spirit of the vineyards he works with. One such example is the Huilkrans Chenin Blanc 2017. It has an almost metaphysical energy that sings of its place of origin, the Skurfberg – an isolated mountainous outpost with old vines and a cliff that weeps when it rains (hence the name).
“Wine is a humbling thing,” Chris muses. “It’s seen many men and women fall in love with it, only to return to dust at the end of their short lives. Nobody can master it, nobody can vanquish it.
It’s the work of generations, not of one person.
So, enjoy your times with wine! Rejoice that you’ve come to know such a luminous thing!”
This month we’re doing just that by shining the light on wines that are perfect for summer sipping; from single-varietal options to blended whites.
What’s the deal with a blend, you ask? Some grape varieties come together harmoniously, like classic blends of semillon and sauvignon blanc or a host of varieties, each one bringing something different to the wine.