Ken Forrester was a Roussanne pioneer, so this impressive wine is now into its fifth vintage. Picked early for acidity, it’s a spicy, savoury wine showing some phenolics and wild herb aromas. 92/100 Tim Atkin MW
There is only one single barrel of this gorgeous and most sensuous white wine. The older large barrel has added richness and texture to the Roussanne. The nose attracts with yellow peach and apricot fruit, a lemongrass spiciness and a gentle toasty overlay. The palate is irresistible as it intrigues all the senses. It is dry, yet it seems to have a sweetness; it is vibrant, yet retiring; shy yet forward; elegant yet forceful.
An absolute pleasure to drink it leads you on with each glass more exciting than the last. Drink with grilled game fish, smoked chicken, small game or poultry. Elegant, rich restrained, hints of lime blossom, soft on the palate with a gentle structure, this classic Rhone grape thrives in the Mediterranean climate here at The Cape of Good Hope.
This Ken Forrester Roussanne 2011 whilst perfectly accessible in youth will reward good cellaring and keeping for up to 10 years.
A classic wine; perfect with smoked fish or chicken, anchovies on the grill or even a tangy Caesar salad.
Soil: Sandy loam
Yield: 5 tons/hectare
Alc 13.5% by vol
TA 5.2 g/l
RS 4.2 g/l