Wine of the Week – Petit 2012 Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester Wines, Stellenbosch

Ken Forrester’s vision is to improve the lives of those who work for him, while providing “maximum job opportunities in a market that is desperate for support.” At the same time, he’s farming sustainably, pruning and harvesting by hand.
The wines reflect his care for what he does, the land, and those who work with him. The Petit Chenin Blanc 2012 represents South Africa well – a clean, fresh, fruity (quince, pear, green apple and grapefruit) and accessible wine, reasonably priced ($11.99 SRP) and perfect for everyday sipping or wine by the glass lists. Under its Aging Potential, the vintage is deemed “half an hour with the cap off and reach for the next bottle”!
Grown in fine sandy loam with a clay base, the grapes yield a wine (100 percent Chenin Blanc) that complements many types of foods.
A former hotelman, Forrester’s goal is to make Chenin Blanc that can rival any white wine in the world. Go to for more information, but the way to understand his success lies in tasting the wines.

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