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Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc 2016

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc 2016

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"The 2016 FMC was harvested in five passes through the vineyard and underwent natural wild yeast fermentation in 400-liter new French oak barrels with some botrytis present. It was matured on the lees for 12 months with 40% new oak. The well defined bouquet offers acacia honey, beeswax and light linseed aromas that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, a lovely waxy texture, and a hint of spice toward a finish that exerts a light grip with plenty of length. Excellent. Drinking window: 2019-2025. 93 points

Ken Forrester is one of the most familiar faces in the South Africa scene, an important figure whose portfolio strands both high-end boutique bottlings from old vines (when they are not being bulldozed away) to bottles that populate supermarket shelves. These cheaper, high volume wines are just as much ambassadors for a wine region or country. South Africa’s weakness has been at this end with too much substandard fodder bought doubtlessly for potential profit margins that supermarkets or high volume distributors crave. Yet, I have always a good word for Forrester’s “Petit” range that cost just a handful of dollars. They might not attract the highest scores, but that is not their intention. They are clean, well made, and respectful of their varietal and demonstrate that in the right hands, cheap South African wine can be perfectly fine."

Neal Martin, Vinous (08/18)