Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc 2022


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“The 2022 The FMC underwent 15 pickings over 40 days in this vintage, fermented and aged in 400L French oak barrels, about 40% new, for up to 12 months. This has an intriguing bouquet with a subtle reduction, scents of cooking apple, flint and light grilled hazelnut aromas blossoming with aeration. The palate is where it’s at…wonderful balance and a killer line of acidity. There is a disarming purity of fruit: white peach and orange pith notes, a touch of bitter lemon effortlessly counterbalancing its natural richness and weight, leaving it fresh yet substantial. This FMC is one of the best that I have tasted. Drinking window: 2026-2040. 95 points

The man himself was in the United States, rebuilding the brand after the pandemic, Forrester having been one of the most successful exporters. So, I met with general manager, Louw Strydom who said: “The 2022 vintage was splendid, probably slightly better for the whites than reds, but not like this year [2023] with all the rain. The whites were fairly easy to make, but we managed to obtain the phenolic ripeness. Our wines are now under ScrewCap and Diam.” Their eclectic portfolio strands icon labels such as the ever-reliable 2022 The FMC – one of the finest that I have ever tasted, naturally-made wines like the “Dirty Little Secret”, which I find just a bit too funky for my own taste. Their entry-level “Petit” range of various grape varieties continues to form a perfect introduction to South Africa and represents unbeatable bang for bucks. Readers should also keep a beady eye out for their “Misfits” range, more eclectic Rhône-inspired wines that are showing great potential.”

Neal Martin, Vinous (11/23)