With a background in the restaurant business, Ken Forrester had a vision of Chenin’s potential that has put him at the forefront of South Africa's Chenin movement. The Old Vine Reserve, which comes from 40-year-old-vines picked by hand, is more affordable than Forrester’s FMC, however, like the FMC, it still ages remarkably well so expect it to show well in 20 years. The youthful 2018 has a very attractive delicate texture, displaying balance and finesse with apple and pineapple notes and some soft acidity on the finish.
The 2018 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc is barrel- and tank-fermented and left on the lees for nine months, employing 20% new French oak. It has a pleasant nose of dried honey, jasmine and honeysuckle scents, although I would prefer more varietal character to be expressed. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity. It delivers orange zest, tangerine and subtle peppery notes that segue into a nicely weighted but not overpowering finish. This feels quite reserved and will benefit from three or four years in the cellar.
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