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2009 Ken Forrester Wines Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
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About Ken Forrester Wines

The farm occupied by the Forrester family dates back to the 17th century, but was in a state of disrepair when Ken and his family arrived in 1993. Today, Forrester makes a rich and complex Chenin, with notes of vanilla and honey, as well as an opulent, tropical-fruity late-harvest wine.

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2009 Ken Forrester Wines Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

Producer: Ken Forrester Wines
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chenin Blanc
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - April 2009

Pale yellow.  Complex aromas of pear, stone fruits, pineapple, spices and pepper, plus a whiff of curry powder.  Juicy, fresh and penetrating, with lovely fruit flavors enlivened by minerality, which also gives firmness to the finish.  Ken Forrester is now farming his estate vineyards organically.  Seventy percent of this wine was aged and fermented in barriques, 20% of which were new, but the wine's material wears the oak component lightly.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About South Africa

South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, the most important white grape variety of the central Loire Valley, ranges in style from bone dry to medium sweet to staggeringly rich in appellations like Vouvray, Montlouis, Savennieres, and Coteaux de Layon. In all styles, expect high levels of acid that can provide tremendous amounts of balance to these wines...
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