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