Open that Bottle Night

In 1999, wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher created the Open that Bottle Night (OTBN) in response to their most frequently received question, “I have a bottle that is very dear to me – when should I open it?”.

They had similar feedback from other wine writers and the general advice was to make a great meal and open your special wine this weekend, which is still their best advice. They realised that this wasn’t so easy. “So we created a kind of global support group of like-minded people who, on one extraordinary night, would open that bottle and celebrate the wine, the memories and the friendships that flow”. OTBN is celebrated on the last Saturday of February and has grown a following around the globe. It is an opportunity to remind yourself of the important things in life such as enjoying special time with those near and dear to you.

Ken Forrester wines are a perfect partner to this celebration, especially the Icon range. The range consists of the renowned FMC, the Gypsy and “T” Noble Late Harvest. These wines are sourced from single parcel vines, where older vineyards produce exceptional fruit and extremely low yields. The result is a statement of purity, intensity, complex concentration of fruit and elegant balance. After considered barrel ageing, only the very best individual barrels are selected to go into the bottle, ensuring a unique superlative wine, justifiably the pinnacle of Ken Forrester wines.

The FMC is an icon Chenin Blanc, rich in colour, aroma and palate, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. This spectacular wine will gain complexity with time in the cellar and is ideally paired with mild curries and shellfish, or perfect as an aperitif. The Gypsy is an excellent New World example of an Old-World Southern Rhone blend, led by Grenache and supported by Syrah. This wine captures a somewhat wild bramble character with a hint of spice such as nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and distinct concentrated red fruits. This wine is ideal for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but is already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter. The Gypsy is deliciously matched with flavoursome grills, such as a rack of lamb or beef ribeye. Finally, the “T” Noble Late Harvest is made from Chenin Blanc that has been transformed by Botrytis, resulting in a golden dessert wine. The wine shows sumptuous peach, dried apricot flavours, overlaid with a tropical lushness of melon and pineapple. The ripe sweetness is balanced with a tangy sour zip of baked apples with clove and wood spice honey on the finish. The “T” Noble Late Harvest is ideal for full-flavoured cheese boards from sharp mature cheddars to smooth Camembert and ripe Gorgonzola.

The maturity of the vines along with the care in the vineyard and selection in making the wine is what culminates in ensuring each of the Icon range wines will stand the test of time. These wines can be enjoyed on the day you take them home or lay them down to age for years to come.

On this OTBN, the 26th of February 2022, make a date with special people and celebrate with an extraordinary wine from Ken Forrester.