Wholewheat wines from the Cape by Jancis Robinson

Friday, 19 July, 2013
Ken Forrester Wines
Tastings organised by generic promotional organisations are rarely great showcases for quality. For obvious reasons, they feel they have to show wines from all producers rather than the best producers. And in some cases the best producers can sell their wines so easily back home that they are unwilling to participate in expensive voyages overseas to pour precious bottles for foreigners, not all of whom will truly value them.
This is why, for example, I'm frequently disappointed by the tastings organised at the top of New Zealand House in London. The view of central London below is amazing but the view of the NZ wine scene provided by what's on the tasting tables, substantially from the biggest companies, is rarely as inspiring.

September is the month when, usually, South Africa, Chile and Argentina put on separate generic tastings in London. Next month, for the first time, they are pooling dates and resources, and wines from all three countries will be on show over two days at Olympia under the joint banner The Beautiful South. At JancisRobinson.com we'll do our best to pick out the wheat from the chaff in the vast tasting book.

Ken Forrester, Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 Stellenbosch
17points. Drink from 2013 - 2016
100% Chenin Blanc. Light nose and racy and absolutely bulls-eye exciting tense Chenin. Finger on the pulse of international wine-making fashion here. Clean and fresh. VGV 14.5%

Ken Forrester, The FMC 2010 Stellenbosch
17½ points. Drink from 2012 - 2017
100% Chenin Blanc. They use the aerial system of measuring greenness, NDVI. Really rich and medium dry but with enough structure and acidity to make it fun and easy to drink even with food. Creamy sauces? 14.5%

Read more about Ken Forrester Wines on page 4 - click HERE to download pdf file....