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Ken Forrester - Reserve Merlot Pat's Garden 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Maker: Ken Forrester
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 94% Merlot / 6% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
Food Matching

Food Matching

Serve with roasts, duckling and full flavoured Mediterranean dishes as well as lamb or grilled meat and vegetables.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2013) VS: 87 (2008) WE: 87 (2009) JP: 4 Stars (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Hints of cherries and mint with meat-spice and smoky undertones. Softly rounded and accessible wine with balanced tannins for early drinking.

Winery Information

Ken Forrester

Ken Forrester represents the true pioneering spirit of the post-apartheid South African wine industry. Drawing on the examples of top Loire whites, he has used his uniquely placed Chenin vines to maximum effect and has single-handedly led a Chenin Blanc quality revolution. As a result these wines have achieved iconic status worldwide. At the top end there is the beautifully balanced barrel-fermented Chenin FMC, made from fruit grown at Ken?s Stellenbosch vineyard, and the silky fine red The.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)87 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - Blended with 8% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Merlot Reserve is matured in used oak. It was showing quite a lot of reduction when I tasted it, though it blows off quickly to reveal attractive mulberry and strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, moderate complexity, fleshy in the mouth with touches of leather and dried herbs sprinkled over the finish. Enjoy this over the next 3-5 years.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2008)87 pts

Mar/Apr 2011 by Stephen Tanzer - Dark red. Slightly high-toned aromas of redcurrant, spearmint and clove oil. A fresh, minty, moderately sweet midweight that shows decent flavor intensity but modest nuance and depth. About 15% cabernet franc was blended in just before the bottling.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)87 pts

Herbal accents grace the black plum and berry aromas and flavors, and a touch of biltong spice and meat mingle with the fruit for added character. Approachable and soft, with delicate tannins and an easy, friendly finish. Drink now. — L.B. (5/1/2012)

John Platter (2010)4 stars

Nicely judged, well-rounded 2010 includes 15% cab franc. Good fruit concentration, fresh acidity, fine tannins before long, dry finish. Accessible without being simple. Trumps 2009 ().

Vinification Notes

Hand harvested and chosen for quality to get a ripe, balanced Merlot from the very finest soils, influenced by the cool south-east 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.