AG Pick Under $10: 2008 MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc

Don’t let the name confuse you.  This South African winery makes wines that both men and women will enjoy.

It’s actually women who inspired the name.  MAN Vintners was started by three men who created the name by combining the first letters of their wives’ names — Mary, Anette and Nicky.  It’s how Charles Back, José Conde and Tyrrel Myburgh were able to spend their weekends away from their wives making wine.

MAN Chenin BlancThe 2008 Chenin Blanc was the first wine I tried from MAN Vintners.  It’s bright and zippy and fills your mouth with fresh tropical flavors.  Best of all, it costs less than $10.

This white is 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from various vineyards in the Agter-Paarl region in southwest South Africa, just inland from Capetown.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is left on its lees until bottling for a richer mouthfeel.

Aromas of melon and guava introduce crisp flavors of honeydew, starfruit and ripe lime.  Refreshing acidity and good minerality culminate in a clean finish.

This Chenin Blanc is a versatile white that goes well with seafood, shellfish, light cheeses and salads.  Or enjoy it on its own on a hot afternoon.

The 2008 MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc costs $9.