Ken Forrester Wines..Ken Forrester started a career in the Hotel industry with Southern Sun, in the early days of Sol Kerzner, way back in 1977, after a 3-year course in Hotel Management at the Johannesburg Hotel School. 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. Originally granted in 1689 as Zandberg, this beautiful farm, complete with historic Cape Dutch homestead built in 1694 had stood vacant and derelict when they bought it on a public auction in 1993. A massive renovation was undertaken, both in the vineyards (Ken) and the house (Teresa!) 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.
The farming is in the hands of a small highly dedicated team. Ken does all the sales and marketing, traveling around the world promoting South Africa and their great wines, happy to pour any South African wine far from home and carry the flag. It’s a tough job, socializing and meeting great people in the relaxed environment of food and wine but someone has to do it! Their now beautifully restored home is constantly under siege from friends and customers from around the globe and the average dinner table could be Danish, Scots, French, German, Xhosa, American, even Canadian and under duress the odd Englishman!
Dinner at Ken & Teresa’s Home (Built in 1694)We had the honor of having dinner at the Forrester’s beautiful home at the vineyard. A wonderful meal accompanied with his outstanding wines and great conversation. They made us feel at home..like family.
Ken Forrester Line Up
Ken Forrester Petit
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.
Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2012
Wine Spectator – 88points
Stephene Tanzer International Wine Cellar – 88 points
Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010
Wine Magazine Best Value
Robert Parker Rating Aug. 2011 – 87 points
Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
Platter 2012 – 3 stars
Robert Parker Rating Aug 2011 – 90 points
Best Value Red Wine of the year by Neal Martin of Robert Parker in his Memorable Wines of the Year 2011
Ken Forrester Range
Here we are solely responsible for the cultivation of the vines and selection of the fruit, mostly from our family property in Stellenbosch, just 4 miles from the cool Atlantic and in the sheltered lee of the majestic Helderberg mountain.
Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2012 – Silver
Platter Guide 2013 – 4 Stars
Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010
Robert Parker Rating Aug. 2011 – 92 points
Ken Forrester Icon Range
Stand alone parcels from single vineyards where we nurture and coax the vines and at harvest we may pass through up to 6 times hand picking and selecting the bunches individually. Destined to be limited by provenance and finally after barrel aging we only select the very best individual barrels to go into bottle, ensuring a unique superlative wine, justifiably the pinnacle of our efforts.
The FMC (Forrester Meinert Chenin) 2010
International Wine & Spirits Competition – Gold
Platter Wine Guide 2013 – 4½ Stars
Top 100 SA Wines 2012 – Status
Wine Spectator – 92 points
The Wine Advocate – 92 point