Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011

Chenin Blanc from South Africa

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Item No. 120279
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • Green wine
  • D90
  • RP89
  • ST89
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

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

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

This full-bodied 100% Chenin flawlessly balances ripe fruit with subtle oak nuances. A rich, succulent palate offers flavors of tropical and citrus fruit enhanced by complex mineral notes with a touch of nuts and spice. Extended lees contact reveals an enticing honeycomb character.

Critical Acclaim

"Inspired by the Loire Valley (the home of Chenin Blanc), Ken Forrester has helped push its quality in the Cape. This is made from 35-year-old vines and aged for up to nine months in oak. It has great density and complexity with floral notes, grapefruit and spice on the long, creamy palate."
90 Points

"The 2011 Chenin Blanc Reserve spent nine months ageing on its fine lees in French oak. It displays fine focus and poise on the nose with an herbaceous undercurrent that adds another dimension. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. There are light citrus notes and a touch of orange peel, although I was looking for more complexity and depth towards the finish."
89 Points

"Good full yellow. Aromas of exotic ripe peach, tropical fruits, honey and marzipan; this too hints at some botrytis. Rich and ripe on the palate, with tropical fruit flavors accented by spices and minerals. Saline and smoky nuances add another dimension to this slightly phenolic wine."
89 Points

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Rating:
(5/14/2013)
Style: Fruity & Smooth
I like this Chenin a lot. It is much creamier than most chenins and makes for excellent pairings with almost all dishes. It has excellent body and flavour. This is the reserve not the Petite which is much blander
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Wendy - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(1/10/2013)
Such a tasty wine!
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debparr - Friendship, WI (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/2/2014)
I thought this wine to be strong on alcohol, unpleasant to my nose and had an unlikeable aftertaste. I read after the fact that it is aged in oak, not my preference. Something about oak has never sat well with me.
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Learn About Ken Forrester Map ItMap 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

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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Learn About Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc (SHEN-uhn Blahnk) Model of Versatility The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the Loire 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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