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Ken Forrester The Gypsy 2014

Ken Forrester The Gypsy 2014

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"The 2014 Gypsy is a premium selection of Grenache planted in 1959 on its own roots, producing small berries of less than a gram each. It was matured for 12 months in old French oak barrels and, after blending, transferred back into old barrels for another 12 months. (In 2016, the vineyard was sold and turned into a parking lot - sacrilege!) The intense blackberry, bilberry and violet-scented bouquet turns redder with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, the Syrah and Mourvèdre lending structure, and well balanced and quite classic in style; a light white pepper finish lingers in the mouth. This wine’s quality makes the vineyard’s fate even more difficult to countenance. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 92 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)