KEN FORRESTER VINEYARDS


Ken Forrester started a career in the Hotel industry with Southern Sun. He then went on to specialise in the restaurant trade, buying a share in one of the busiest eateries of the day, Gatriles in the centre of Johannesburg, and from there a string of other restaurants and related activities culminating in being elected Chairman of the Federated Hospitality Association of SA (FEDHASA).

Then in 1993 with a young family, he and his wife Teresa set their hearts on an historic vineyard in Stellenbosch. With most of the vineyard planted to Chenin Blanc it was decided to enlist the help of good friend and Top Winemaker, Martin Meinert, with the quest to produce Chenin Blanc that could rival any white wine in the world. That was 19 years ago, since then the wines have been poured at numerous grand events including the opening of The Scottish Parliament (Ken has been known to wear a tartan skirt - the Forrester’s have their origins in the Western Isles of Scotland !) as well as the 85th birthday of our own icon, ex President Mandela. 

The wines have received massive international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades and the growth of the brand has been nothing short of meteoric, in a 19 short years. The picture perfect vineyards beneath the Helderberg Mountains are testimony to the quest for perfectly ripe fruit and show the commitment and attention to detail, that is required for benchmark wines in this day and age of immense competition and much improved quality.

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2015 SPARKLEHORSE - SPARKLING CHENIN BLANC

+795074 · 6x750ml

100% Chenin Blanc. Ken Forrester Wines has a superb reputation for Chenin Blanc, and this first sparkling wine in the classic tradition is no exception. Made by the Cap Classique or traditional method, this wine aged for 14 months on less to develop a creaminess and delicate mousse while still maintaining bright, fresh apple, pear and quince aromas. An ideal bubbly to celebrate with and equally at home with light creamy chicken and fish dishes.

STATUS: OPEN
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2017 PETIT ROSE

+800308 · 12x750ml

79% Grenache, 21% Viognier. Crushed and pressed, leaving the skins soaking for an hour or two. This infuses the delicate copper salmon colour unique for Grenache and a cold fermentation in stainless tanks ensures an elegant wine. This very elegant Rosé overwhelms the nose with aromas of freshly picked strawberries, rose petal and cherry flavours. It follows through on the palate with delicious ripe raspberries with a delicate finish. Serve with all flavorsome, light al fresco summertime meals. 

STATUS: OPEN
3* JP || GOLD MEDAL ROSE ROCKS 2017!
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2017 PETIT CHENIN BLANC

+790303 · 12x750ml

100% Chenin Blanc. Perfect everyday drinking wine. A youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours. Earlier picked freshness shows on palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and appetisingly tangy finish. Serve with all flavoursome, light al fresco summertime meals. 

STATUS: OPEN
WS: 89
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SCORING LEGEND

AG || Anthony Gismondi, CAN
BC || Bob Campbell, NZ
CG || Connoisseaurs' GCW
DC || Decanter Magazine
GP || Guia Penin, Spain
HH || Huon Hooke, AUS
JH || James Halliday, AUS
JS || James Suckling
JR || Jancis Robinson
JO || Jeremy Oliver, AUS
JP || John Platter, S. Africa
JSc || John Schreiner, CAN
MC || Michael Cooper, NZ
NMc || Natalie MacLean
NM || Neal Martin
RP || Parker/Wine Advocate
PP || Prince of Pinot
RJ || Ray Jordan, AUS
RR || Rhone Report
ST || Stephen Tanzer
TP || Tasting Panel
TI || Testing Institute
TA || Tim Atkin MW
VI || Vinous
W&S || Wine & Spirits
WA || Wine Access
AN || Wine Anorak
WE || Wine Enthusiast
WF || Wine Front, AUS
WR || Wine Review Online
WS || Wine Spectator
WT || Winestate Mag, AUS
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2017 PETIT SAUVIGNON BLANC

+790304 · 12x750ml

100% Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely complexity with mix of tropical fruit, tangy grassy notes, fig leaves and nectarine nuances with crisp dry finish. Ideal with fish, chicken and pasta and friends. 

STATUS: OPEN
WS: 87 || 3* JP
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2017 PETIT PINOTAGE

+790305 · 12x750ml

100% Pinotage. Classic Pinotage aromas of spicy mulberries, plum pudding and cherries, supported by smoky bacon nuances. Juicy and accessible with soft palate and delicious fruit concentration. This cheerfully unwooded wine can be served with a generous slice of pizza or a barbecue. Perfect with almost any happy casual occasion!

STATUS: OPEN
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2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE

+790306 · 12x750ml

100% Sauvignon Blanc. This wine shows lovely complexity with mix of tangy grassy notes, fig leaf, and peach and nectarine nuances. Brisk acidity with minerality on the palate which is typical of the long hang time in our cool region. Very good while preparing a meal or out on the patio. Ideal with fish, chicken and pasta and friends. 

STATUS: OPEN
WS: 87
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2016 OLD VINE RESERVE CHENIN BLANC

+790307 · 12x750ml

100% Chenin Blanc. Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals. Can be served with varied spicy dishes, full flavoured fish or chicken dishes. Ideal with crayfish, prawns. A true benchmark for relaxed enjoyment. 

STATUS: OPEN
RS: 91 || WS: 89
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2014 MERLOT RESERVE PAT'S GARDEN

+790308 · 12x750ml

95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine was matured in selected French oak barrels for 12 months and blended with a small fraction of Cabernet Franc for structure and complexity prior to bottling. Hints of cherries and mint with meat-spice and smoky undertones. Softly rounded and accessible wine with balanced tannins for early drinking. Serve with meat dishes, grills and roast lamb.

STATUS: OPEN
JP: 3.5*
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2013 RENEGADE

+790309 · 12x750ml

49% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache. Fermented in open tanks with gentle extraction by pumping over and then pressed and racked into second and third fill French oak barrels for 18 months. This adds complexity and structure to the soft natural tannins. This elegant Rhône blend displays Old World Style with New World fruit. Hint of Grenache’s earthy rusticity and Shiraz’s noble spice with hints of nutmeg and salty black olive on the finish. Balanced with soft integrated tannins. Serve with roasts, duckling and full flavoured Mediterranean dishes as well as lamb or grilled meat and vegetables.

STATUS: OPEN
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2016 THE FMC

+790310 · 6x750ml

100% Chenin Blanc. Hand selected Chenin Blanc - primarily from low yielding, old bush vines (planted in 1974). Harvested at full maturity. Natural wild yeast fermentation in new French oak 400L barrels. Due to repetitive harvesting some bortrytis is always present. The pinnacle of what we consider to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal - an icon chenin, a challenge to the world! Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring. Enjoy with special friends as an exciting aperitif or with spiced dishes, even mild seafood/shellfish or curries. Great with exotic Eastern spiced foods.

STATUS: OPEN
TA: 95 || NM: 93 || 2018 THE SOMMELIERS SELECTION CERTIFICATE - VOLUPTUOUS & RICH WHITES CATEGORY
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2012 THE GYPSY

+743898 · 6x750ml

53% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre. Cool soaked prior to fermentation, then taken to new French oak barrels for 12 months. At this point a further selection takes place before blending and the final blend goes back to new barrels to marry and harmonise over the following 12 months. After almost 2 years languishing in a cool cellar the Gypsy is stable with the oak and intense fruit totally harmonised. A very concentrated, focused blend, with layers of deep fruit. The character is somewhat 'wild' a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter. Deliciously matched with risotto, sensuously truffled pasta. Ideal for flavoursome grills, lamb and beef.

STATUS: OPEN
RP: 91 || JP: 4.5*
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