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THE FMC CHENIN BLANC 2021 WO Stellenbosch
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer KEN FORRESTER
There is no question the South Africa produces some remarkable Chenin Blanc and this is one of them. Bright medium straw colour. The nose shines - intense and complex with lots of slightly spicy, bright, ripe, faintly peachy, cantalope-tinged, lemon-apple meringue fruit along with elegant, toasty notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, rich, well structured, slightly spicy, complex, intense, ripe, faintly tropical, ripe lemon-apple meringue flavours are followed up by a lingering, refreshing, high acid, buttery-brioche finish. It had wild yeast fermentation in new 400L French oak barrels where it spent another 12 month on the lees. It has 13% alcohol and 8.4 g/L residual sugar. NEW in Vintages. CSPC 37291
Type White Table Wine
Agent Nob Est
Country South Africa
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Rich, Complex, Citrusy, Toasty, Lemon-Apple Meringue
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Grapes for this wine from Ken Forrester's Icon Range are from a single parcel of bush vines in Stellenbosch, planted in the early 1970s. After careful selection, the wine was fermented with ambient yeasts in 400L oak barrels, then aged on the lees in barrel for just under a year. Greg Sherwood MW: Loaded with dried peaches, apple strudel and brioche with a top note of tarte tatin. Intense, punchy, focused toffee apple, apple crumble and caramelised notes on the finish. This is a big, rich and oaky wine, but it works. Beverley Blanning MW: Lifted and lovely nose, complex baked pineapple, acacia honey and vanilla. Silky texture and blindingly bright fruit, with spine-tingling acidity. Oak is a supporting player to the upfront, perfectly ripe fruit. Roger Jones: Bright, fresh stone fruit, aromas of toffee apple and sultana. Layered, fresh palate with racy acidity, and gentle caramelised pineapple. It has a lovely purity followed by that clean, refreshing citrus lime cut. Drinking window: 2023-2033. Score - 96 (Panel, decanter.com, March 7, 2023) Price $ 62.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - December 2, 2023
Cases bought 90 (6 bottles per case)

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