Forester Estate

Forester Estate

Inspired by the beauty of the French Renaissance architecture on a 90-day bike ride through Europe, owners Kevin and Jenny McKay recreated the experience at their Yallingup winery, established in 2002. The French Renaissance castle was finished in 2007 and is home to a new generation winery that strives to showcase the distinct regional characters of northern Margaret River fruit.


Kevin McKay and Jenny McKay
Kevin McKay and Todd Payne
300 tonnes
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot

Retail, Mail Order, Online

Forester Estate chardonnay 2015 ($38)

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 fruit-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.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 Years

Forester Estate Home Block shiraz 2011 ($40)

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.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years

Forester Estate Yelverton Reserve cabernet 2011 ($62)

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.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 15 years

Forester Estate cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($38)

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.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 15 years