MAN Free-Run Stein Chenin Blanc
Welcome back to the fifth volume of Elegance + Grit’s Wine of the Week series. Thanks for joining me! February is one of my favorite months because love is in the air so I guess it’s appropriate that I love wine! Without further adieu, this week’s wine of the week is MAN Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc from South Africa.
I admit it. I didn’t know much about Chenin Blanc before I tried this wine. Looking for a wine to serve with an egg and sausage casserole and being in the mood for a Sauvignon Blanc led me to Chenin Blanc. Afraid a Sauvignon Blanc’s strong grapefruit flavor might overpower the light casserole, I went on a mission to find a good pairing. Trusting my google abilities I typed in wines similar to Sauvignon Blanc and viola Chenin Blanc appeared.
South Africa and France are the most popular wine regions for this varietal. South African Chenin Blancs are known to be lighter and typically drier than their French counterparts. I prefer dry wine in general so I decided to try one from South Africa. MAN Family Wine is a small family winery in the Agter-Paarl region of South Africa. Plus, I love the story behind the name of the winery-M.A.N. stands for each of the winemaker’s wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky. I’d like a winery named after me one day. A girl can dream, right?! Further, since I’m still learning and I want to share with you, “free-run” means the grapes weren’t pressed with the skin on. Now we can both sound smart.
MAN Chenin Blanc looked simple and clean in the bottle and it was fairly priced for a midweek dinner wine.
MAN Free-Run Steen is a clean, light, and almost transparent in color. The nose and palette are fruity and clean as well. Muted citrus and grapefruit flavors are present when I first sip the wine and they are balanced with a sweet touch of honeysuckle. Overall it is a zippy Chenin Blanc with bright acidity that lingers in the mouth for awhile.
Food Pairing with Chenin Blanc Notes
This Chenin Blanc is a good match with a light egg and spicy sausage casserole. Plus, the semi-sweetness held up nicely with the spicy sausage. It would also be good to serve with Thai and slightly spicy Asian foods.
I give MAN Chenin Blanc four stars for a middle of the week white wine.
Have you tried this wine or another Chenin Blanc that you recommend?