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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  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinotage

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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  • “A [restaurant] wine list is praised and given awards for reasons that ... ... how about the ’09 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc for $10 or the ’08 Fess parker Pinot Noir for $14. Thinking those look a little pricy too? Well consider this:“All of the wines at Black Pearl are available by the glass, which we proudly pour at 1⁄4 bottle each.”I’ll be... Read More

    From the article Pick It Apart


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2010

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    tart and zesty. a little metallic. Read More

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch 2009

    Snoothrank:

    This is frankly fruit on the nose but its very green fruit, all cactus leaf, sage, dried cilantro, poblano chili and green plum. This seems a touch sweet in the mouth with more of that green fruit character accented with some gooseberry, but mostly rather earthy/savory in nature. The acid is bright and well-balanced by the creamy richness of fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I’ve got to tell you, Sauvignon Blanc is just not that good! Seriously, ... totally quaffable. 84pts2009 Ken Forrester Stellenbosch 13.5% $15This is frankly fruit on the nose but it’s very green fruit, all cactus leaf, sage, dried cilantro, poblano chili and green plum. This seems a touch sweet in the mouth with more of that green fruit charac... Read More

    From the article Great Sauvignon Blancs


  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2008

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    Like lots of the stronger pinotages, this one tasted of corn and petroleum, trailed by dark berries.As unflattering as this description sounds, I liked it.Because of its savory, gamey quality, it pairs well with goat and sheep cheeses. It was wonderful with a Manchego cheese. Read More

    Wine review by zygmuntsmw


  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by TZA


  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2009

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    The nose isn't particularly offensive with over-ripe fruit. Initial palate is likewise deep ripe currant and plum, but very heavy Latakia-tinted tobacco comes on strong. Perhaps if you really, really dig tobacco flavored wine you'll like this one. But there's a disturbing chemical finish that's really very awful. I agree with the "avoid" review. Read More

    Wine review by ChronicDOMS


  • Ken Forrester Shiraz Blend Stellenbosch Shiraz Grenache 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by drsint


  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by drsint


  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2009

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    This was a terrible wine that tasted like rotten breadfruit. This wine should be avoided at all costs. Read More

    Wine review by cjb724


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