The grapes are grown in Ken Forrester's estate vineyards at the foot of the Helderberg
in Stellenbosch. The vineyards are farmed organically, and everything is done by hand.
Grapes for the FMC are hand selected from a single block of low yielding Chenin bush
vines planted in 1974. Each vine is pruned to 5 or 6 shoots, with 1 bunch per shoot. They
are planted in Clovelly — a deep yellow sandy soil — on south-southwest-facing slopes
This iconic Chenin is a benchmark
South African bottling, and what Ken
Forrester consider to be the ultimate
expression of the Chenin Blanc grape.
Crafted in a rich, ripe style, it flaunts
luscious flavors of honeycomb, dried
apricot and pear, with exotic tropical
fruit notes and alluring undercurrents
of toasted nuts, vanilla and spice.
FMC (Forrester Meinert Chenin)
"A very ripe, exotic style, with a toasted hazelnut aroma leading the way for almond tuile, fig and glazed pear notes. The lush finish lets additional papaya and creamed peach notes chime in. This has an off-dry hint, but stays balanced. A flashy style for sure, but pulls it off. Drink now through 2011. 515 cases made."
"Full, bright deep yellow. Wild, complex nose combines orange blossom, dried apricot, honey, brown spices and a whiff of lees. Lush, musky and carnal; in a full-blown, nearly unctuous but not overly sweet style , lifted by a strong peppermint and spice character. Finishes with hints of caramel and grilled nuts. Try this exotic, rather extreme wine with spicy Thai food. The grapes were picked in five passes for optimum ripeness, with some botrytis at the end, then fermented slowly in 400-liter French oak barrels."
International Wine Cellar
I didn't try this wine, but our North Carolina buyer came back from a tasting last week and announced this as the BEST Chenin EVER. Thereupon he immediately puchased this wine that very day for our wine.com customers. Thought you might like to know it made a big impression on Bill.