Ken Forrester, Sparklehorse Brut 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Note: A high-acid South African sparkling chenin blanc abounding with green-fruit and biscuit notes.
Pale-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a nose of biscuit, bread dough, green apple and pear.
On the palate the medium-bodied sparkling chenin blanc has tart, green-fruit flavors and completes with a lemon-citrus-infused finish.
The straightforward wine is high in bright acidity.
Bottle Note: Ken Forrester Wines has a superb reputation for chenin blanc and this sparkling wine in the classic tradition is no exception. Carefully selected cool vineyard sites allows allow the grapes to mature while maintaining the all-important refreshing acidity. Made by the Cap Classique or traditional method, this wine aged for 18 months on the lees to develop a creaminess and delicate mousse while still maintaining bright, fresh apple, pear and quince aromas. An ideal bubbly to celebrate with an equally at home with light creamy chicken and fish dishes.
Importer: USA Wine Imports Inc., New York, New York
Tasted: Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) Education Session, Society of Wine Educators Conference 2018, Woodcliff Hotel, Rochester, New York
Tasting Date: August 16, 2018