Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

Chenin Blanc Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa

$17.95 (231282)

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June 21, 2014

Critic Reviews (4)

Michael Godel
Michael Godel

Always a diamond cut above its like-minded and similarly priced peers. Ken Forrester's Chenin Blanc has the most...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A compelling wine that will certainly draw attention. Concentrated but not intense or boldly off-putting. This old...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Intense and pungent on the nose, exceptionally mineral and flinty, Forrester's 2012 Old Vine offers complexity and...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Good value here. There is some flinty/sulphurous character on the nose here, but the ripe pear, fig, honey and spice...

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Community Reviews (7)

Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Light gold in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose.

Great quality Chenin for a great price

Positives: This wine features lime, green apple, lemon rind, ripe pear, flint, white pepper, limestone and a touch of honey. Medium body with good acidity and a long length

Negatives: A little heat from the 14% alcohol

Interesting Point: 1.The winery uses no herbicides or pesticides and the grapes are handpicked. 2.This wine is an age worthy Chenin that will only get better with age. 3. The best glass was the Chardonnay/Viognier Riedel stemware.

Drink now or in the next 10 years on its own or and pair it with P.E.I. Mussels Sautéed with Garlic, Shallots & Parsley in White Wine Sauce.

Tasted: 6 July 2014

Best Buy & Top Pick

Score: 9.5/10, Value: 10/10, Total: 19.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5

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Evan Keaschuk
Evan Keaschuk

I've had this one each of the last few vintages and, once again, it doesn't disappoint. There's a ton of complexity on the nose with loads of pear, apple, lime, honey, oak spice, and minerality (when tasting blind, I always have trouble with this and really well done Chardonnay). It's medium-full bodied and quite round on the palate with good acid and incredibly well balanced. There's a lot going on with this wine, but it all comes together beautifully, with a finish that is lengthy. Such a good value! Tasted June 2014

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Adam
Adam

Packs a serious punch of flavour and complexity. Racy isn't enough to describe the liveliness if this wine. Citrus and crisp green apple aromas intermingle with stone and orchard fruit and hard core minerality to offer up a super intriguing wine for under $20. The palate is biting and sharp but underpinning a serious core of fruit, minerality and caramel toastiness. Lots to enjoy here.

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Neil Phillips
Neil Phillips

I found this muted at first nosing, with an austere minerality and unripe green grapes - but after a bit of time it really opened up. (Perhaps initially served a tad cold.)

Honey, chamomile, white flowers, orange peel, light caramel.

Crisp lemon & lime on the palate, only slightly creamy, with hints of marzipan, almond.

Medium finish, the acid is perfectly balanced.

Tasted June 2014. Great buy.

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Steven Elder
Steven Elder

Great value. Nice distinctive white with character.

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Brad Mate
Brad Mate

Some nice lush fruit and oaky honey dew to this wine but the finish is a tad short and finished with a sea salt taste. Some people may dig that, but it didn't really tickle my fancy...nice wine though.

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Purple Moose
Purple Moose

Texturally fleshy, with considerable oak influence edging toward the buttery end of the spectrum. However, there is a bit of a reductive, asparagus note on the nose, which might be unpleasant for some. It's a solid value, but I don't think that it deserves these 90+ ratings.

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