Viognier, Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, and Grenache Blanc are all big stars in France's Rhône Valley, but they also thrive in South Africa, where Charles Back has been experimenting with them for years – and Charles isn’t just any old winemaker. Master of Wine Tim Atkin describes him as “one of the great entrepreneurs, innovators, of the wine world” – and we think you’ll love this taste of his talent.
This Rhône-style beauty was crafted with grapes sourced mostly from Charles’ award-winning Fairview farm on the gorgeous slopes of Paarl Mountain, where heat-loving grapes like Grenache (white and red) thrive in the region’s brilliant sunshine.
Pour this, and a medley of apricot, pear, honey, and white blossom aromas will greet your nose. The palate offers up ripe citrus flavors, with zesty acidity and a pear-tinged finish. All of the above make this white a versatile, food-friendly choice that's sure to get a thumbs-up from dinner party guests.
Take a tip from Charles and serve this with seafood (he recommends cream-based seafood dishes). It’s also delightful with gourmet mac ’n cheese, or a plate of creamy cheeses and fresh-baked crostini.