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2011 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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2011 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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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Bright yellow-gold.  Wild, musky, slightly high-toned aromas of apricot syrup, beeswax and dusty spices, plus a whiff of meat.  Very rich and honeyed, with a slight sweetness (15 grams per liter) to the exotic apricot fruit salad and spice flavors.  Wonderfully round, broad, tactile wine with little in the way of phenolic character on the back end.  Harmonious acidity gives the wine grip and extends the spicy, honeyed, very long finish.  (FMC stands for Forrester Meinert Chenin; Martin Meinert is Forrester's long-time winemaker.)

93 Points | Wine Spectator
90+ 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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