Three Cape Chenin Blancs + Viognier, Arneis & Marsanne

First Drop Wines Bella Coppia Arneis 2009, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£12.99 from October 2010 New School Wines Ltd, The Secret Cellar, Cambridge Wine Merchants)
Clean, fresh and zesty, combining fleshy pear fruit with crisp citrussy acidity and a slightly briny/savoury finish. B+

Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2009, Western Cape, South Africa (£6.49 Waitrose)
Starts off slightly jelly-like, but then improves to show voluptuous, peach, pear, and tropical fruit flavours with a creamy, nutty edge and a juicy tender finish. B(-)

Tesco Finest* Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£7.11 Tesco)
Not as ripe & tropical as the Zalze, with sappy flavours of apple, pear, nectarine, guava and plum, set against richer yeasty/mealy notes. Very tasty. S-

Groote Post Chenin Blanc 2009, Darling, South Africa (£6.99-£7.49 General Wine Company, Graham Page Wine, Bon Coeur Fine Wines)
An oddball, with pleasant the zesty citrus fruit and nutty oatmeal flavours, but marred by a rather aggressive green pepper character. C(+)

Tahbilk Marsanne 2008, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria, Australia (£9.99 The Wine Society, Jeroboams, Philglas & Swiggot, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Theatre of Wine, Guildford Wine Company)
Young and promising , showing fresh floral honey and honeysuckle edges allied to flavours of very ripe oranges, lychees and passionfruit, with a precise minerally finish. S(-)

Clay Station Viognier 2009, Lodi, California (£8.95 The Wine Society)
Has some of the classic peach kernel and cream flavours, along with a a slightly confected sherbet/dolly mixture character. Quite voluptuous but lacks freshness. B-

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