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WINE OF THE WEEK: The Tea Leaf Chenin Blanc 2014


£12.49, Noel Young Wines; £12, WoodWinters

A sumptuous but dazzlingly crisp, zesty dry white, with rich tropical and citrus fruit, a hint of ginger and pepper and a sea-spray freshness to finish. While you're trying it with seared scallops, dressed crab, griddled prawns, a flavoursome risotto or herby, lemony chicken, tell someone its story: the Chenin Blanc vines are 70-years-old (the label says 40, but that's another story) and share a rocky slope with rooibos tea plants - rooibos can't be cultivated, so it grows where it will, even if that's in a prized vineyard.

The Tea Leaf Chenin Blanc 2014, Western Cape South Africa

£12.49, Noel Young Wines; £12, WoodWinters

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