Rich White | South Africa

Ken Forrester "Old Vine" Reserve Chenin Blanc 2022


White, Full Bodied, Melon & Spiced  Apple Pie Aromas, HoneyComb & Caramel palate 

Varietals: Chenin Blanc
Origin: West Cape
ABV: 13.5%

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Vintage 2021. Decanter World Wine Awards – Best in Show (97 points)

Eyes: Golden hued
Nose: Melon and spicy baked apple aromas
Mouth: Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact.

Barrel and tank fermented and left on the lees (8 months French oak, 20% new) matured on secondary lees for a rounded complexity.

Pair with spicy dishes, seafood dishes like scallops and oysters, soft cheeses like goat cheeses (chevre), brie, and camembert.

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Optimal Drinking: Now
Cellaring Potential: 10 years

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About Ken Forrester

In Stellenbosch, South Africa, under the gaze of the Helderberg Mountain, former-restauranteur Ken Forrester grows some of the most spectacular Chenin Blanc in the world. "Mr Chenin", as Ken has become known, has a keen focus on cool climate varietals like Syrah, Grenache and of course Chenin Blanc, making some of South Africa’s most stunning and award-winning red and white wines - like the FMC and Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc which are served at top tables around the world.

About Rich White

Rich whites are full-bodied white wines that are perfect for red wine lovers because of their rich smooth taste with subtle creaminess. What makes them different than light white wines usually involves special winemaking techniques including the use of oak-aging, (just like aged whiskeys, wine becomes smoother with barrel aging too).

The classic choice for this wine is Chardonnay and particularly Chardonnay from a warmer climate (like California, Spain or Italy). Beside Chardonnay, another great option in this style is Viognier.