** SERIOUSLY RARE! **
Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Three Halves 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.
What is Three Halves? And why?
Mourvèdre (earthy) with a splash of Grenache (fruity) here and a dash of Shiraz (spicy) there was blended to create this incredible wine. The overriding requirement being that the blend of the “three halves” has to be greater than the sum of the parts..
57% Mourvedre, 32% Shiraz, 11% Grenache. The Cape Region is specifically defined as a Mediterranean climate. These three grapes have stood the test of time in the Rhône and show fantastic results in Stellenbosch's ocean-influenced microclimate.
- From duplex soils, fine sandy loam on a clay base.
- A hand-picked selection of the best and ripest fruit, at a yield of 6-8 tons per hectare.
- Taken to the cellar and cool soaked prior to fermentation, then run to second-fill French oak barrels for 18 months.
Tasting note: see the video link above.