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Stellenrust Heritage Collection Chenin Blanc 2015
Stellenbosch WO, South Africa

The Lady Eve (1941)
TUESDAY, APRIL 11 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Barbara Stanwyck spent her career playing strong, self-assured women. In Preston Sturges' 1941 comedy The Lady Eve she plays a deliciously cunning con artist who seduces costar Henry Fonda. Both of these great actors display a youthful vigor worthy of this beautiful Chenin Blanc. Like Fonda’s naïve millionaire, you'll enjoy falling under its spell.

THE WINE

Chenin Blanc is South Africa's star white grape – and yours is a deliciously fresh release from Stellenrust. It was crafted in the premium Stellenbosch region in 2015, which "could be the
Cape's most thrilling vintage yet," according to Tim Atkin, MW. Partially barrel-aged for extra complexity, this Chenin is serious stuff – and if you can bear to hold on to it, it will develop well in the bottle for a few more years! The Wine Advocate rated it 92 Points and called it "a very assured and classy Chenin Blanc." IWSC judges awarded it a gold in 2015 and raved about its "intense, youthful flavors" and "beautiful harmony." Now tell us what you think!

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

Often 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

With 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.

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