Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2021

Tasting Notes

Ken Forrester is a Chenin Blanc specialist and he has produced a beautiful Chenin with his just released 2021 Ken Forster Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc. For South African wine fans the name Ken Forrester should conjure up memories of his Chenin Blanc exploits over the years. He is recognized in his native South Africa as being one of that country’s top Chenin producers, in particular in regards to his Old Vine Reserve offering, which always makes a statement about over delivering quality for the money. This quality and over delivering pricing is on full display here.

We have been anticipating the arrival of this wine for a number of months and it has finally arrived into our market. Finding this type of quality at way south of $20 makes it something that is pretty hard to beat. Ken Forrester hit the nail on the head on this one. For $16.99 a bottle this is something worthy of stocking up on.

Winery: Ken Forrester
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
SKU: KENCHERES2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
forrester reserve chenin blanc 2021


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97 pts ‘Best of Show’ 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards

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.

Winemaker Notes

Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by  honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft  flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals.

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