Review: Bell Spring Winery 2018 Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc plantings may be declining in France and California, but that’s ok, places like Texas and South Africa are more than happy to pick up the slack. Our tasting panel recently sat down with Bell Springs’ 2018 Chenin Blanc. For some history on Bell Springs, check out our previous interviews with owner Nate Pruitt and winemaker Nic Compton, and our review of their 2018 Alicante Bouschet.
Medium gold in the glass. Light on the nose, with orange blossom, fresh cut grass, and honeysuckle. A bit of honeyed sweetness up front, with nectarine and pear, melon, light minerality on the mid-palate, and a long finish lychee, mandarin and peach. This is a bolder Chenin Blanc than you are likely used to, medium body, medium-high acid. The dry acidic finish leaves a happy tingle and builds to a wonderful lemon marmalade.
Would be great with scallops or fish with mango salsa.
Wine: 2018 Chenin Blanc
From: Bell Springs Winery, Dripping Springs, Texas
Rating: 93 points