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Ken Forrester - 2021 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc

Ken Forrester - 2021 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc

South Africa
Western Cape
Best Chenin in the World


Ken Forrester's Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc is made from grapes grown in old vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. These vineyards are typically between 35 and 80 years old, and the grapes are hand-picked to ensure the highest quality.The Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc has a complex flavor profile, with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and honey. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. The wine is aged in oak barrels for a 9 months, which impart additional flavors such as vanilla and spice. Good acidity and a balanced, rich mouthfeel.This Chenin Blanc is a high-end wine, and it is usually paired with seafood, poultry, and white meats. It can also be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a light cheeses.Ken Forrester's Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc has received many awards and accolades over the years, and it is considered one of the best examples of Chenin Blanc from South Africa. It is also considered as one of the benchmark wines in South Africa and it is highly sought after by wine connoisseurs.

Wine at a glance

Still Wine
Chenin Blanc
% Alcohol
Barique 9 months
Full Bodied
1/2 hour decanting
Drink now on in max 5 years

Tasting Notes

The wine has a pale gold color, with a slight green tint.
On the nose, the wine has a strong aroma of tropical fruit, such as pineapple and mango, with hints of citrus and honey.
On the palate, the wine has a rich, full-bodied flavor with a good acidity. The tropical fruit notes are also present in the taste, with a hint of vanilla and spice from the oak barrel aging.
Overall Impression
Overall, the wine is well-balanced and has a long, smooth finish.

Critics Reviews

We've had Chenin Blanc-based wines from the Loire in our Best In Show selection, but never yet a Chenin from the country with more of this variety planted than any rival nation: South Africa. That changed this year with this stylish Chenin from Stellenbosch. Gone was the sometimes over-fleshy, over-crafted style associated with ambitious Cape Chenins in the past. This pale gold, pure, fine-fruited wine hints at honey, spring flowers, pear and quince in its focussed, almost lacy aromas, while the palate is graceful and shapely, too, deftly balanced, and with a stony residuum that suggests deep-rooted old vines. An outstanding Chenin, in sum, perfectly pitched both as a varietal and as a Stellenbosch classic.

About Winery

Ken Forrester

Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
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