Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Chenin Blanc Reserve from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).
The 2018 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2019 on-line article, The Chenin Blanc renaissance (available here to Decanter Premium subscribers).
Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2018 - July 2019 Decanter review
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.
This is the Forrester mid-rank (a term which does it no justice), Reserve-level Chenin: it's amazing value from the King of Chenin.
Hand harvested, with careful selection from low trellis and old bush vines.
Barrel and tank fermented and left on the lees (9 months in French oak, 20% of which was new) and matured on secondary lees for a rounded complexity.
See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Ken. This is the 2018 sheet - 2019's is imminent.
Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2018 - fiche technique
Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals.
See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.
ABV = 13.5%.