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Wine of the Week

Ken Forrester Vineyards 2011 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc and Dornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill 2010

This is our first ‘double’ wine of the week post! Both come from South Africa, one white – the Chenin Blanc which is a signature grape, and the Cocoa Hill, a blend of Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc.
The Forrester, with its golden color, offers melon and baked apple scents as well as caramel and honey flavors. It’s well balanced between its fruit and oak/vanilla flavors and won top South Africa Wine Status for 2011 along with a bronze medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012. Full bodied, it has 14.5 percent alcohol by volume. Serve with spicy, full flavored fish or chicken dishes. Go to http://www.kenforresterwines.com/

The Dornier, with its tale of a dashing Table Bay pirate who fled from the seas and gave up his loot to plant some vines and gaze out at the bay, is spicy and full, plummy with red berry fruits and supple tannins. Lively, well structured and balanced nicely by the Cabernet Franc, this wine was impacted by high winds which reduced the amount of fruit and intensified and concentrated flavors. Cocoa Hill is a hilltop with decomposed red soils in Stellenbosch Mountain. The wine’s alcohol content is 14.5 percent. Visit http://www.dornier.co.za

Wine of the Week – 2 Chilean gems display the country’s diversity

The diversity of Chile, with numerous “micro-climates” across the nearly 2,000 from north to south is incredible, a fact seen clearly in its designation of 14 new winemaking valleys.
This week we look at two wines from Chile – Viña Mayu’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve from grapes grown in limestone soil, producing an intensely flavorful result. The wine is refreshing,dry and aromatic with notes of citrus, gooseberry and apple, and won a 2013 Gold Decanter World Wine Award. It’s grown in the Elqi Valley, where very dry, desert climate combines with amazing luminosity and large temperature variation between day and night. Go to http://www.mayu.cl.
From Chile’s Maipo Valley, the oldest wine producing region in Chile, comes Antiyal’s Kuyen 2010 Valle de Maipo. Made by small farms using sustainable practices, the winemakers blend 57% Syrah with 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere (the country’s signature grape) and 2% Petite Verdot. The end result offers intense aromas of tropical fruits (mango, pomegranate), plum and mulberry. Balance, acidity and fine tannins complete the mix with hints of chocolate at the finish. Visit http://www.antiyal.com/‎