The forthcoming 30/04/08 edition of Wine Spectator carries a full update on South Africa with a listing of the top 20 current wines (all between 92-95 points). The highest showing yet for South Africa!
The majority of the wines are naturally red and there is but one Chenin Blanc. The FMC 2006 from Ken Forrester, scoring 93 points.
"The best version yet. Bold, with richly layered graham, persimmon and chamomile notes, but also restrained, thanks to fine acidity," described James Molesworth, the senior editor of Wine Spectator.
"South Africa's wine industry continues to move forward at impressive speed, with more bottling and better overall quality each year. This is the result of a more than decade-long effort by Cape winemakers to overhaul their vineyards and focus on the most promising varieties. Chenin Blanc is the one white cultivar where, our best is as good as, and even better than, the best from Loire," James Molesworth.
Interesting Video footage: Get a taste of South Africa's new wave wines as James Molesworth sits down with Brett Curtin, the owner of Xai Xai Winebar, a South African restaurant in New York City, to taste and pair a couple wines with traditional dishes.
Top Winery awards
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Ken Forrester Vineyards has been chosen as one of South Africa's Best Wineries for the last five consecutive years.
Ken, on his travels, is always happy to support all South African wines, a great ambassador, not only to his own range of wine, but oozes with enthusiasm and positivity regarding all South African wines. He belongs to the Chenin Blanc Association and every wine circle and wine society he's able to come across.
With the FMC being so highly rated, this would definitely be the wine to have at home in your cellar, and why not make Chenin Blanc the new re-emerging wine style of this decade.
Screw caps are screaming for closure ... There's so much going on and lots to talk about so link onto the Wine Magazine website to place your vote. Click here to participate in the latest poll.