Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the (Pat's Garden) Merlot Reserve from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.
The Forrester easy-drinking, Reserve-level Merlot. Supremely quaffable and likeable.
91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc.
Hand harvested in individual parcels and selected for quality to get the ripest possible, balanced Merlot from the best soils, influenced by the cool SE wind during the ripening season.
The wine was matured in selected French oak barrels for 12 months and blended with a small fraction of Cabernet Franc for structure and complexity prior to bottling.
See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Ken.
Ken Forrester Merlot Reserve 2016 - fiche technique
Black fruit flavoirs all the way. Hints of cherries and mint with meat-spice and smoky undertones. Softly rounded and accessible wine with balanced tannins for early drinking.
See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.