Winemaker Kevin McKay really knows how to get texture into his wines. There’s a bit of flavour as well. This is more in the frit driven style with just that right touch of oak to bring things to life. Nutty creamy character with a decent hit of stone fruit and citrus for tang.
This shiraz comes from the northern parts of Margaret River which brings a distinctive savoury spicy character to the variety. I like the point of difference. This is deeply intense and powerful with a dusty savoury edge to it adding character and individuality. Impeccable balance.
This is a terrific wine and a wonderful example of that leafier more black olive style of Margaret River. Rich dark chocolate and deeper blackcurrant fruit fills the palate. The tannins are substantial and firm yet with a degree of finesse. Subtle astringency on the finish completes an impressive wine.
Impressive cabernet though one which is still so young that it’s still to show its best form. There is power and finesse here with those firm tannins and fine grained oak applied perfectly to bring the fruit and palate to a very long finish. Dark chocolate and a subtle leafiness on the finish. Deeply complex.
Forester Estate semillon sauvignon blanc 2015 ($24)
Pungent and powerful opening of intense tropical and slightly grassy fruit. It’s a good indicator to the wine that follows. All deep and flavoursome fruit on a fresh and zippy, slightly minerally palate. Crisp fine acid to finish. Right on the money.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 4 years
Forester Estate chardonnay 2014 ($38)
A subtle and refined chardonnay displaying some of the very best qualities of this region. Like the understated oak and the integration with the mealy grapefruit character. It’s seamless and balanced through to its very long finish. Creamy texture with generous stone fruit flavours.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Forester Estate shiraz 2013 ($24)
Rather appealing medium-bodied shiraz displaying some typical regional characters. Loads of spices with a decent sprinkle of black pepper over the ripe plum characters. Soft and generous palate with supple ripe tannins and a little edge of savoury oak. It comes together rather well as a shorter-term drinking wine.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 5 years
Forester Estate cabernet merlot 2013 ($24)
Highly perfumed aromas of leafy blackcurrant and cedary oak with a slice or two of rich fruitcake. The palate is soft, supple and so generous with its rich dark fruit flavours. The tannins add a structural dimension and the oak brings some nice toasty influences to bear. Lovely wine.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 6 years
Forester Estate cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($38)
This is a high-class, serious cabernet sauvignon. Masses of powerful fruit are supported by some substantial oak treatment, yet this is well managed and well weighted. Dusty notes of black olive and riper, richer blackcurrant on the nose. The palate builds towards a very long finish supported by sinewy tannins and fine grained savoury oak.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
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