Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
In 1993, Ken Forrester purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate , one of the oldest wine farms in Stellenbosch, South Africa. There valleys of granite, sandstone and alluvial loam soils are warmed during the day by Mediterranean breezes and cooled at night by the Atlantic air of False Bay. With the help of winemaker Martin Meinert he replanted and revitalized the vineyard, focusing on Chenin Blanc production. Chenin Blanc is a diverse grape, producing wines capable of being bone dry to unctuously sweet. However it's vinified, it maintains an ever-present acidity that lends a firmly structured backbone to the flavor profile.
In this reserve bottling six different Stellenbosch vineyards are sourced and then wild fermented with 20% new wood to create an old vine cuvee. In the glass the resulting wine displays golden hues. Aromas of melon, apricot and pineapple rise from the glass. In the mouth, spicy baked apple and zesty minerality are underlined by delicate oak and vanilla. This is a lovely balance between fresh fruit and delicate oak handling, and has the added benefit of aging well.