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2009 Ken Forrester Wines Chenin Blanc The FMC 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 The FMC Stellenbosch

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

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Straw-gold.  High-toned aromas of cherry, honey, toffee and oak spice, with orange blossom and minty nuances emerging as the wine opens in the glass.  Concentrated, glyceral and ripe, with deeply spicy stone fruit flavors dominating.  I don't find the exotic botrytis character of earlier vintages yet, but the harmonious acidity of this seamless, slow-to-unfold wine gives definition to the lightly saline peach, spice and mineral flavors.  In a fairly easygoing style but finishes with noteworthy power.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
93 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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