Ken Forrester 'Dirty Little Secret' Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

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Ken Forrester 'Dirty Little Secret' Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

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Production is very limited. Dirty Little Secret Two is 100% Chenin Blanc from a dry irrigated vineyard planted in 1965 in the Piekeneerskloof.

This is Ken's tribute to the age and concentration of the vines, as well as to very low interruptive winemaking, showcasing the special terroir in the wine. This is a multi-vintage blend of 2016 and 2017 and is a touch fuller and richer than the first release. This extremely refined and elegant example of Chenin Blanc will age beautifully for up to 8 to 10 years. Pure, floral, minerally and textural on the palate; this is the essence of laissez-faire winemaking.

Beautifully packaged with a wax seal, elegant gift box and informative scroll hand-signed by Ken himself. A very special bottle - a must buy for Ken Forrester fans.

Expansive, rich, appley, honeyed nose that nonetheless evinces a sense of precision and definition - not in the least bit dirty!  In the mouth, honey and chamomile character is lent breadth and depth by savoury, yeasty, leesy, umami flavour and texture.  Still youthful yet showing great potential, this is really delicious.  Drink 2019-2025.

                         — Tom King, Fine Wine Manager

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Winemaking

Completely spontaneous ferment after extended soaking on skins and stalks before pressing, in barrels, straight on to malolactic fermentation and then only racked and a tiny addition of SO2. Back into beautiful old, natural 400L French barrels (6-10 years old) for a 5 month rest and natural clarification, then bottled unfiltered and unfined to comply with the "natural" rules and laws.

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  • Now a non-vintage blend of the 2016 and 2017 harvests, DLS Two is a funky, waxy, just-off-dry Chenin from Piekenierskloof, deliberately made in an oxidative style. Bready, yeasty and complex, with notes of orange zest and glycerol-derived sweetness. 2019-25. 94/100 points.

    • South Africa Report 2019
    • Tim Atkins
  • "Superlative. Will age beautifully if you can resist opening it. You won’t."....Under King Ken's spell: He's the African legend behind a superb chenin blanc that’s reduced me to gibberish.
    Chenin Blanc is evil beeswax, liquid nightmares and the filth scraped from a cow’s undercarriage. Thanks to its promiscuous acidity, Chenin, in the wrong hands, can be an arsenal of cruelty fired from the very bowels of Satan’s boozy bunker. But when this grape’s thrilling zing is balanced with fruit, depth, texture and the rest, a chenin-shaped sun fills your glass with light. Ken Forrester, dubbed ‘the King of Chenin’, recently sent me a mysterious bottle in a regal box from South Africa, gleaming like a bullion bar. Ken’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’ 2015 (12.5%) is wine from a vineyard planted in 1965, which Ken says ‘was a real learning curve for me, hands-off no interference. We started with 11 barrels and finally after four rackings we had just five clear settled barrels to bottle. Registered as “Natural” means that total SO2 (sulphur dioxide) is less than 50 parts per millon – yup, crazy wine for sure. Intriguing. On first sip, my note reads: ‘Nut aroma. Fat texture. Lush fruit.’ But then the wine unfurls like the yellow brick road and the adventure inside me erupts as the secret grows. My notes become a crazed spell: ‘Peachy, delicately floral, garland of gorse flower, juicy laden, zesty, minerally, pure bright syrupy honey, smokey whiskers, pollen pineapple echo.’ This gibberish conjures my rambling sensory delight, but the bottom line is that this stellar wine is worth saving up for. I love various South African chenin blancs, solo or in blends, and my favourite producers include Chris & Andrea Mullineux (hunt their superb ‘Quartz’ and scrumptious ‘Schist’), Eben Sadie, Ian Naudé, Duncan Savage, Adi Badenhorst, Mother Rock, Chris and Suzaan Alheit and more. And don’t get me started on France’s Loire – that’s for another time. For now, Ken’s Dirty Little Secret is a reminder that South African chenin blanc can be memorably superb. (This review is from the first bottling of this wine, Dirty Little Secret One)

    • The Mail on Sunday
    • Ollie Smith

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