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Stellenrust Heritage Collection 2016
Stellenbosch WO, South Africa

Harvey (1950)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 @ 10:15 PM (ET)

This acclaimed Chenin Blanc is full of expressive fruit aromas and flavors. Jimmy Stewart’s Oscar-nominated turn as Harvey (based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play) is just as surprising and richly pleasing. America’s favorite everyman actor plays the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend Harvey – a six-foot rabbit – is unfortunately imaginary. Or is he?

THE WINE

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s star white grape – and yours is a deliciously fresh release from Stellenrust. Crafted in the premium Stellenbosch region and partially barrel aged for extra complexity, this Chenin is serious stuff. It won a BIG gold from a tough national show, a Silver Outstanding medal from the 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition, and 91 points from South Africa’s prestigious Wine magazine. Judges raved: “Stellenrust in Stellenbosch does amazing things with Chenin Blanc … wonderfully expressive with notes of jasmine, citrus, peach, pineapple and some leesy complexity ... pitch perfect – fantastic fruit concentration.”

THE ESTATE

Established in 1928, Stellenrust is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed family-run wineries. They grow their Chenin Blanc high up in the Bottelary Hills, an area renowned for its cool climate and sea breezes that impart fresh, intensely concentrated flavors to the fruit. The Heritage Collection honors the family’s winemaking history – and this elegant white is a proud addition.

THE REGION

VY_ZA_LandscapewMtns_peoplewalkingOften called South Africa’s answer to Napa Valley, “Stellenbosch consistently produces the greatest number of the Cape’s finest wines” (Tim Atkin). The region has been home to winemaking since the 17th century, and today, its quality-focused, boutique estates are among the most awarded in the country. Fun fact: the local university is the only in South Africa to offer a degree in viticulture.

WITH FOOD

shell_oysters_prawnsWith its bright, fruit-driven flavors and slightly creamy texture (from lees aging), this classy Chenin makes for a mouthwatering aperitif. At meal time, it’ll be a fine partner for seafood. Try it with anything from fresh oysters to tuna carpaccio with watercress salad. For a South African flair, head to a barbecue (called a ‘braai’ in Afrikaans) and serve with chicken kebabs.