The South African 2006 Spice Route Chenin Blanc cost under $18, has 13.5% alcohol, and scored a fine 16+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20.

Peach, melon, complex aged aromas of smoky spice, and mixed fruits all came together in this 14 year old white wine, now turning deep gold.


Most Chenin Blanc should be enjoyed young, but rich concentrated examples can age well. This one was a treat. I’ve had some Loire Valley examples at 40, even 50 years old.

It was served with pineapple encrusted chicken, mixed rice and endumani greens.


The pineapple made the wine taste richer and fuller than usual.

I love putting the complex flavors of old wines to the test. This one scored an A.  In Vino Veritas.