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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc: Setting the pace for spice

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

This is a sensory tale of tropical fruit, citrus, and spicy oak that incredibly leads right up to a big plate of Mexican food.  You may say, not so, a Margarita, Sangria, or a beer is the best mate for south of the border cuisine.  But in this case, a wine alternative may come out on top.

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc- Setting the pace for spiceThis is especially true with a wine like Mulderbosch’s Chenin Blanc that sports a briefly creamy initial blast followed by crisp acidity and a peppery finish.  But the tropical fruit bouquet is what makes the Mexican pairing work.

Just the aromas rising from a freshly cooked Mexican dish compliment the tropical fruit of this Chenin Blanc perfectly.  Maybe it is something brought about by our learned appreciation of cuisine.  But whatever it is, it’s great to know there are wines that work just as well with Mexican food (especially with enchiladas and fish tacos) as the standard bar fare.

But you have to understand one thing about wines that have a peppery finish; they enhance the spiciness in foods, accenting the whole experience.  However, they won’t help at all if you overdo it and need to “cool down a pepper that went too far”.  That’s a job for a Margarita!

Priced under $12 (Total Wine) this is a real value for a wine that has been produced with such loving care from harvest to bottling.  It’s a South African wine with an interesting combination of Chenin Blanc grapes (Stellenbosch and Swartland), making it one of the most unusual varietal combinations for less than $15.

Chill down really well before serving Chenin Blanc.  Its tropical fruit and citrus bouquet will jump out of the glass just right when it is served really cold.

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About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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