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Wine Review: 2009 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

Happy Hour: 2009 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

Whether it's Spain or the Netherlands taking top prize this Sunday, the World Cup will undoubtedly end with a spectacular bang, not a whimper. To ensure you have fun as a spectator — regardless of whether or not your team wins — have some solid South African wine in your drinking glass.

Since it's so hot outside, I'd skip the red wine in favor of a white that the country produces quite well: Chenin Blanc. Often known there by the name of Steen, this variety has a reputation for being bland, flabby, or sweet — but not when it's done right, as it often is in South Africa.

Recently, I tried an accessible version by Mulderbosch, one of the most notable wineries in the nation.

It was dry, but not bone-dry, with pleasant notes of lemon and lime, and a nice amount of body. On the nose, it smelled exactly like jalapeños, in a pleasantly smoky way. And for well under $20, I consider it to be a spectacular value. What South African wines are you drinking in celebration of the World Cup?

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