Some wine with Ken Forrester

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Some wine with Ken Forrester

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Had dinner with Ken Forrester and tried a few of his wines. Ken is the dude.

Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa
So impressed with this: inexpensive and deliciously drinkable. Single vineyard, 120 tons, Vin7 yeast. Fruity, generous and ripe with nice clean, ripe, sweet black fruits. Stylish and quite elegant. 88/100

Ken Forrester Renegade 2011 Stellenbosch, South Africa
A relatively inexpensive Rhone blend, this is actually really good. Shows fresh raspberry and cherry fruit with some spiciness. Grippy and a bit pepper, with a core of sweet black fruit. Very nicely judged. 90/100

The Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California
14.7% alcohol, from an 18 year old hillside vineyard. A collaboration between Ken Forrester and Jesse Katz. This is smooth, sweetly textured and delicious with black cherry and blackberry fruit. Textured and warm with some salty minerality, it’s definitely on the ripe side, but avoids spoofiness. 92/100


Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2000 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Who would have thought this wine would have aged so well? It’s the third time I’ve had it this year. Yellow gold in colour, it’s rich, toasty and nutty with white peach, toast and crystalline fruits. Textured, rich and appealing with a hint of marmalade and spice. 92/100

Ken Forrester The Gypsy 2011 Western Cape, South Africa
This blends Grenache from the Cederberg with Syrah and Mourvedre from Stellenbosch. It’s juicy, dense and tarry with spicy black fruits and some taut red fruit character. It’s spicy and tannic with real depth to the fruit. 92/100

Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc 2013 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Native yeast ferment and 12 month’s ageing in barrel; five different pickings. Lovely grape, peach and apricot nose. Lively and spicy with some marmalade and pear notes as well as some sweetness. It’s a rich, ageworthy style of Chenin, and a bit of a modern classic. 93/100


Ken Forrester Barrel Selection Roussanne 2012 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Fermented in old Chenin barrels. Textured, fine, fresh and spicy with generous pear and peach fruit. This has lovely fruit and good acidity, and it’s really interesting. 91/100

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  1. There is only one problem with that Roussanne: it invariably creates a secondary hole in my glass.

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