As far as I am concerned box wine, or as it is sometimes called “bag in the box” wine, has been getting a bad rap. One of the soubriquets by which it is called in SA we definitely cannot use here, but other catchy names are Chateau Neuf Du Papsak and Chateau Cardbordeaux, much loved by the box brigade.

The iconic leopard on a branch at Leopard’s Leap Franschhoek

Every now and then one comes across a wine that makes you open your eyes and say –” Wow I didn’t expect that! “This happens when you open a bottle or box and expect one thing and get another. Well that happened the other day when I bought a box of Reserve Chenin from Leopard’s Leap, one of my favourite go to places for wine that is delicious and doesn’t rip your heart out with its price.

The wine comes in a 2 litre box that fits perfectly into the fridge. It is packed with summer fruit flavours, fragrant as a new Spring day, beautifully underpinned by well controlled acids. One of the problems with Chenin is that it can get ”soft” when it is overloaded with fruit and has no backbone. This is not the case here, with plenty of rich full flavour on the palate.   OK, it’s not in a bottle—so what? This is a wine made to be drunk, fabulous with food especially roast pork, light Thai curries or silky cheeses like Camembert. Try it –you will like it—only at Checkers unfortunately.