Ken Forrester

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, our vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years we've created a special brand of hospitality reflected in the list of wines which have been poured at numerous grand events including the opening of the Scottish Parliament and the 85th birthday of our own icon, previous President Nelson Mandela. Our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 16 years and are broadly available in well-reputed restaurants and exported to 14 countries around the globe. So please do come visit and share our view on quality!

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2014


    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • It’s time again to venture into the unknown in order to find some new ... you pair with it? 2012 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Old Vine Reserve Stellenbosch South Africa 14% $15 Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and auste... Read More

    From the article South African Chenin Blanc

  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012


    Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and austere on entry, this has real nervous energy on the palate as it opens with dried citrus peel, melon and tart apple flavors. Its a restrained, almost elegant, if not for its intens... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Petit 2012


    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Consumed by Rebecca Powers and Jenny Kline at Joyce Gilmore's 65th. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Hi Mark!Yes of course, it's a fair swap I would say ;-)Previously I was an ... is more popular though. Try Ken Forrester for a Chenin Blanc. My favorite white is Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir, delicious with anything! Haute Cabriere estate is famous for their Pinot Noir which I enjoy too, because it's a light easy-drinking red.Wine Esta... Read More

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  • I am from South Africa and became very familiar with the wines. Now I have to start all over with learning about wines from the Americas. Excited! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2011


    red fruit on the nose....slightly bitter on the pallate with some earthiness.... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch the Fmc 2007


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Ken Forrester Merlot Stellenbosch 2007


    One of the more interesting Merlots I've come across. A ton of weird, wacky stuff here. The 15% Cab Franc really comes across on the nose, with lots of veggies in the bouquet. There's an intriguing minty aspect across the mid-palate, and an intense, lingering smokiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mike Madaio

  • Rosés come around just once a year. This is lamentable or not, depending ... ... for a party! 87pts2010 Ken Forrester Petit Rosé South Africa 13.5%Rubber Band-Aids, ash and banana make me think there is plenty of Pinotage in this. Round and yet bright on the palate, with lovely sour strawberry and light cherry fruit. A touch of eraser and soft... Read More

    From the article The Great Rose Round-Up

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