Ken Forrester

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain in Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester is commonly referred to as the 'Home of Chenin Blanc'. Ken Forrester’s philosophy is to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that reflect their origin and suitably compliment a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

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Ken Forrester Three Halves

Mourvèdre (earthy) with a splash of Grenache (fruity) and a dash of Shiraz (spicy) was blended to create this incredible wine. The overriding requirement being that the blend of the “three halves” has to be greater than the sum of the parts.

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Ken Forrester Roussanne

A gorgeous, sensuous white wine with richness and texture without any hint of flab. Elegant, rich restrained, hints of lime blossom, soft on the palate with a gentle structure, this classic Rhone grape thrives in the Mediterranean climate.

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Ken Forrester Sparklehorse Chenin Blanc Cap Classique

Sparkling Chenin Blanc made in the Cap Classique or traditional bottle fermented method, matured for 18 months on lees to develop a creaminess and delicate mousse while still maintaining bright, fresh apple, pear and quince aromas. The reputation of Chenin Blanc as the Cape's 'work-horse variety' inspired the playful name for this original bubbly.

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Ken Forrester Dirty Little Secret

Ken took a trip back in time to make this thoroughly modern wine that will age beautifully for at least the next ten years. It's a tribute to the age and concentration of the special vines as well as to low - very low - interruptive winemaking. A natural wine in every sense finally bottled totally naturally with no cold stabilisation or fining yet still clear with a lime green rim.  How did he do that you ask? Well it's unfiltered and unfined - just his Dirty Little Secret - naturally!

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Ken Forrester The FMC

The absolute pinnacle of what Ken considers to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal – an icon Chenin blanc and a challenge to the world! Rich, generous and layered with dried apricot, melon, vanilla and honey characteristics that will gain additional complexity with cellaring.

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Ken Forrester The Gypsy

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.

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Ken Forrester T Noble Late Harvest

Chenin Blanc with Botrytis. We are blessed with botrytis most years and with multiple pickings, manage to maintain a perfect natural acid balance with the sweetness, creating a wine of exceptional finesse and balance. This rich, unctuous Chenin Blanc was harvested as late as May.

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Ken Forrester Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

This wine shows lovely complexity with a 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.

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve 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 and vanilla flavours.

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Ken Forrester Pat's Garden Merlot

Hand harvested in individual parcels and selected for quality to get the ripest possible, balanced Merlot from our very finest soils, influenced by the cool S/E wind during the ripening season.

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Ken Forrester Renegade

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.

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Ken Forrester Petit Sauvignon Blanc

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

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Ken Forrester Petit Chardonnay

Aromatic layers of white peach and tropical fruit beautifully infused with kiwi. Creamy texture on the palate, complimented by a steely minerality.

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Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc

A youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours. Earlier picked freshness shows on the palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and appetisingly tangy finish.

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Ken Forrester Petit Natural Sweet

A decidedly 'lekker' wine with a powerhouse of flavours the likes of ripe melon, guava and pineapple. The finish is tangy and irresistible with honey notes.

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Ken Forrester Petit Rosé

This very elegant bright salmon pink 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.

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Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon

ll hand harvested to ensure a thorough quality cellar selection. Carefully blended to achieve a soft, rich, fruit driven wine. The perfect all rounder, and a must for every wine enthusiast. Enjoy this wine with your favourite dish and friends.

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Ken Forrester Petit 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.