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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  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Ken Forrester Merlot Stellenbosch 2007

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    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


  • Ken Forrester Cabernet-Merlot Petit 2010

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    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 tannin make this interesting and fun, though it is bound to not please some palates. Its almost peppery on the back end before delivering plenty of ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forrester Ken Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2008

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    Off dry but pretty good Read More

    Wine review by Michael C Butler


  • Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch 2010

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    Reticent on the nose with gentle suggestions of fresh chili, cut grass, perfumed floral notes and soft citrus. Nice and focused on the palate, delivering rich fruit that balances an almost peachy note against a lightly bitter lime pith element that turns a touch mineral on the back end. This finishes with a spicy mineral element and more peach n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011

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    Light easy sipping Read More

    Wine review by hansenpe


  • Ken Forrester Pinotage Stellenbosch Petit Pinotage 2008

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    Juicy smoky smooth. Not bad to bring to a party. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Reserve 2010

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    I really want to like this one more, while being full of juicy tropical fruit and a medium body--like a fuller Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand-- but the alcohol is way to prominent and combines with the fruit to be a little too off-putting. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2010

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    Citrus flavors, lime, dry Read More

    Wine review by boof88


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Reserve 2010

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    Juicy and well-focused, with mouthwatering pear, fig and apple notes... Drink now through 2013. -JM Read More

    Wine review by Wine Spectator Lists


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