Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc 2008
Chenin Blanc from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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Learn About Ken Forrester Map It
In 1993, hospitality industry veteran Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate, nestled at the base of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world! And so it was that Ken Forrester Vineyards was established, with a focus on Chenin Blanc production.
Learn About South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the
Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres,
Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both
dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...
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