For the wine-imbiber who travels, there often seems to be 'that one bottle', which surprises - not only for how tasty it is, but also for the grape varietal used. During my recent trip to lovely Vancouver, BC, I discovered something new and very tasty from the Okanagan Valley. I might add this discovery was pure luck - as it involves the Chenin Blanc grape, which only occupies ~20 hectares in Okanagan vineyardom.
Golden Mile Cellars Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2006 ($15-$20) - This CB is textbook CB - a la Vouvray. It possesses intense floral-fruity scents underscored by an aroma that can only be described as, "slightly earthy" and perhaps a little bit naughty (picture naked grapes frolicking in the mud after a rainstorm). This wine's body is notably more stout than old world Chenin-based wines. A big-boned structure, coupled with the high-volume scents translates to an initial impression of Golden Mile Chenin Blanc being sweet. But wait! This wine is in fact dry with enough zippy acidity to balance out its high-ish alcohol content and seemingly sugar-full nose.
I fell in love with this wine for the fact that it's fairly rare (I doubt it's available in any US retail ship) and entirely unique. That's the bad news - you won't be able to find it. The good news is that this calls for an air/road-trip to BC!
Sip GM C.Blanc solo, or with, naa, sip it solo - no need for food to muck up this wonderfully tasty wine.
Read another review on this BC CB from App. America's John Schreiner.
Question: What big wine surprise have you discovered on a recent trip?