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    Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
    Chenin Blanc - South Africa

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    Ratings

    • D90
    • ST89
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 90 Decanter, 89 The Wine Advocate, 89 International Wine Cellar

    Region: South Africa

    Varietal: Chenin Blanc

    Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines

    Style: Fruity & Smooth

    Alcohol By Volume: 14%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 120279

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This full-bodied 100% Chenin flawlessly balances ripe fruit with subtle oak nuances. A rich, succulent palate offers flavors of tropical and citrus fruit enhanced by complex mineral notes with a touch of nuts and spice. Extended lees contact reveals an enticing honeycomb character.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Inspired by the Loire Valley (the home of Chenin Blanc), Ken Forrester has helped push its quality in the Cape. This is made from 35-year-old vines and aged for up to nine months in oak. It has great density and complexity with floral notes, grapefruit and spice on the long, creamy palate.

    90 Points
    Decanter

    The 2011 Chenin Blanc Reserve spent nine months ageing on its fine lees in French oak. It displays fine focus and poise on the nose with an herbaceous undercurrent that adds another dimension. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. There are light citrus notes and a touch of orange peel, although I was looking for more complexity and depth towards the finish.

    89 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Good full yellow. Aromas of exotic ripe peach, tropical fruits, honey and marzipan; this too hints at some botrytis. Rich and ripe on the palate, with tropical fruit flavors accented by spices and minerals. Saline and smoky nuances add another dimension to this slightly phenolic wine.

    89 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Timothy Hough (5/14/2013)
    I like this Chenin a lot. It is much creamier than most chenins and makes for excellent pairings with almost all dishes. It has excellent body and flavour. This is the reserve not the Petite which is much blander
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    Wendy (1/10/2013)
    Such a tasty wine!
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    debparr (7/2/2014)
    I thought this wine to be strong on alcohol, unpleasant to my nose and had an unlikeable aftertaste. I read after the fact that it is aged in oak, not my preference. Something about oak has never sat well with me.

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