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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%
Item no. 120279
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.
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.
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.
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.