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WINE OF THE WEEK: Zalze Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015, Coastal Region, South Africa


£7, Sainsbury's (special offer price)


This Cape white, from the excellent 2015 vintage, is always one of my favourite wines at Sainsbury’s tastings and at £7 instead of the usual £10 it’s one of best-value dry whites on the shelves at the moment. The low-cropping, old Chenin Blanc vines from Stellenbosch and Paarl give the wine its crisp apple and tangy lemon fruit with a hint of honey, while ageing for a few months in oak barrels gives a creaminess and delicate toasty flavour before the final, refreshing burst of lemon zest. It doesn’t need food, if you’re looking for an aperitif or garden party wine, but goes well with chicken, whether grilled with garlic, herbs and lemon or served in a creamy sauce. It’s also a good all rounder for cheese.

Zalze Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015, Coastal Region, South Africa

£7 until July 19, then back to £10, Sainsbury's; cellar door sales in Stellenbosch

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