2019 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc The FMC
2019 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc The FMC, Stellenbosch, South Africa,
TASTING NOTES; The pinnacle of what we consider to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal – an icon chenin, a challenge to the world! Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring.
FOOD SUGGESTIONS; Enjoy with special friends as an exciting aperitif or with spiced dishes, even mild seafood/shellfish or curries. Great with exotic Eastern spiced foods.
Chenin Blanc is a versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years. It is most commonly associated with France’s Loire Valley, and its high acidity levels mean it can be vinified in a number of different styles: as lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected dessert wines, light, honeyed sparkling wines and as full-bodied, still white wines.
The variety has had its ups and downs throughout its long history. Official French documents first mention Chenin Blanc as early as the year 845, and the variety has appeared in various parts of the Loire under a multitude of synonyms since. The grape fell out of fashion somewhat in the early 20th Century, but renewed interest in the 1980s has reinvigorated Chenin Blanc’s position as a classic and noble grape variety.
Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous wine-producing region in South Africa. The town, in Western Cape’s Coastal Region, is steeped in history and is home to the country’s best-known wine estates. Cabernet Sauvignon is the region’s most widely planted grape variety, and is often combined with Merlot to create Bordeaux Blend wines.
Ken Forrester is a producer located in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. It is one of the country’s leading producers of Chenin Blanc, although the company makes a wide array of red and white wines from other top South African varieties like Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ken Forrester’s wines are considered by many to be of very good value.