2017 Reyneke Chenin Blanc
2017 Reyneke Chenin Blanc There’s a lovely waxiness to the nose here, with notes of lemon oil, straw, yellow melon and a touch of lemon verbena. It smells like the mountains, with wild fynbos and Alpine herbs atop the fruit tones. The palate is light in weight and well balanced, with a prickly sensation that results in a clean, medium-length finish, though the acid is not markedly pronounced.
The white wines that are made in Central Italy are not flashy or famous, but they can certainly be delicious. This area is known for making clean, light, white wines that are refreshing. You will not find many famous grapes grown in this region, but you will find some great values.
Italian white wines can be very frustrating and confusing. They do not make many wines from grapes that most people are familiar with. However, some of the local grapes that are used can make wines that are elegant, refreshing, and fun.
A lot of the really great white wines from Central Italy are going to be simple and light. They do not have a ton of strong fruit flavors, but can often produce subtly beautiful flavors of tart stone fruits, white flowers, and often almonds. Keep your eyes open for the underrated wines of Verdicchio di Matelica or Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.