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Ken Forrester

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 by Wineoceros


The Best of the Braai

Posted in Whats Up?, Wine Folks on May 28, 2010 by Wineoceros

There’s never been a more perfect time to explore South African flavour.

This special taste-and-buy event celebrates South Africa’s pride with 33 of its premium wineries including De Toren, Graham Beck, Ken Forrester, La Motte, Meerlust, Porcupine Ridge, Tokara and Spice Route.

Taste over 80 wines paired with authentic barbeque fare – the best of the braai (grill).

“Rapidly improving quality. A large number of value-priced offerings. Diversity from a range of varieties planted in both warm and cool growing areas. It all combines to make South Africa one of the most attractive emerging wine regions in the world today … The best are fresh, juicy wines that combine vivid, New World-style fruit with racy, Old World-style structure and minerality.” (James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April, 30 2009)

Ken and I will be pouring the following selections.

KEN FORRESTER

KEN FORRESTER CHENIN BLANC 2009, WO Stellenbosch WS 90
KEN FORRESTER THE FMC CHENIN BLANC 2008, WO Stellenbosch WS 92
KEN FORRESTER THE GYPSY 2006, WO Western CapeWS 93

KUMKANI

KUMKANI CHARDONNAY/VIOGNIER 2008, WO Coastal Region PLAT ★★★1/2 (out of 5)
KUMKANI SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009, WO Stellenbosch
KUMKANI CRADLE HILL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005, WO Stellenbosch PLAT ★★★★(out of 5)

All Wines will be available through LCBO Vintages at the time of the tasting.

RENWOOD SIERRA FOOTHILLS SYRAH 2005

Posted in Reviews on May 21, 2010 by Wineoceros

The 2005 Syrah displays aromas fresh herbs, dark chocolate and fresh berry pie.On the palate, the wine is full bodied and rich. The fruit flavors mingle with the toast and vanilla from the oak barrels. A spicy finish and a good
structure help round out the tasting experience.

#588095 $14.95

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Gabriel Meffre 2006 “Laurus” Gigondas

Posted in Reviews on May 5, 2010 by Wineoceros

Gigondas, after Chateauneuf du Pape produces the richest wines in the Southern Rhone Valley and this Southern Rhone red is a real beauty. Sourced from old vine vineyards, hand-harvested and carefully destemmed before a slow maceration of up to 30 days. A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre and Cinsault. The Syrah is aged 14 months in 70-gallon French oak Laurus casks. The final blend shows hints of that spicy oak along with ripe fruit and exotic nuances. Wine Spectator scored this wine 91 points and said “Rich but racy, with a lovely black tea and warm cherry sauce perfume leading the way for juicy currant, fig and braised beef notes. Warm licorice and coffee frame the finish. Drink now through 2014.” Limited.

#163113 $24.95

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