BLUE GOLD for Forester Estate 2013 Chardonnay  – Sydney International Wine Competition 2015

GOLD for Forester Estate 2011 Yelverton Reserve Cabernet (not yet released) – Margaret River Wine Show 2014

95 Points for Forester Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – James Halliday
“The usual Forester technique, hand-picked in the early morning and processed immediately, 40% with cultured yeast in stainless steel, the balance fermented in used French barriques, 33% of the blend with wild yeast. It has great tactile qualities, with the grass, green pea and nettle flavours of prior vintages, and the same fresh, crisp finish.”

93 Points for Forester Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2015
“Classic cabernet here. Opens with deep blackcurrant and edgy black olive aromas circling some deeper meaty characters. Little bay leaf adds an exotic touch. Combines the power of cabernet with a degree of elegance and refinement. The fine oak and ripe tannin management has provided such an ideal structure to support the palate through to the finish. Seamless and smooth in every respect.”


International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014

Forester Estate Home Block Shiraz 2010 – Silver Medal Outstanding

Forester Estate Chardonnay 2012 – Silver Medal Oustanding

Forester Estate Chardonnay 2013 – Silver Medal Outstanding

Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Silver Medal

Forester Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Silver Medal

Now in its 45th year, the IWSC awards excellence to wines and spirits worldwide.  The IWSC receives entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide. No matter where the entry originates, whether it is youthful or aged, it is judged according to its class and treated with respect and consideration.  Setting the benchmark for quality, with a unique combination of detailed technical analysis and specialist judging panels means that receiving an IWSC ‘Competition Award’ is an exceptional achievement.


Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2014

Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot 2012 – Silver Medal

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is one of the pre-eminent wine shows in Australia. The first wine show was held in 1845, with South Australian wine exhibited, there were two classes and two exhibits. By 1871 entries for the wine classes at the show had increased to such an extent that a separate Wine Show had to be organised. There were 327 entries, including some from New Zealand. This year there were 66 classes of wine judged.


James Halliday Wine Companion 2015

Forester Estate has maintained our 5 Red Star rating achieved in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2012, 2013 and 2014 edition.

A Red 5 Star winery is defined by James Halliday as an “outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. And will have at least two wines rated at 94 Points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years.” Forester Estate has maintained this rating achieved in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2012 edition through to the current 2015 edition.

James Halliday is one of Australia’s most respected wine writers and one of its most senior wine judges, and is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the Australian wine industry. He is the author of The Australian Wine Companion (among many other wine books), and primary content provider to supporting website,

96 Points – Forester estate 2012 Chardonnay (Plus Best of Chardonnay 2015 List)
“Cold fruit was crushed and pressed, most to stainless steel for initiation of ferment, the rest direct to barrel, some wild-fermented in new and used French barriques once fermentation commenced. This attention to detail has resulted in a wine of exceptional length and intensity to its tangy fruit profile. Drink by 2021.”

96 Points – Forester Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
“A blend of 92% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc, and 2% each of petit verdot and malbec; open-fermented and macerated for between 7 and 30 days, then matured for 22 months in french oak (33% new). This is a very distinguished cabernet; while it is full of cassis fruit, it has the precision, bordering on rectitude, of high quality cabernet. Drink by 2031.”

96 Points – Forester Estate 2011 Cabernet Merlot (Plus selected as a Special Value Wine)
(Plus Best of Cabernet and Family 2015 List)
“A 48/41/6/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot fermented in French oak (15% new), with a bright, clear colour, the bouquet fragrant, the medium-bodied, juicy palate with bright red and black fruits, and sustained by fine tannins. An absolutely lovely wine. Drink by 2021”

95 Points – Forester Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Plus selected as a Special Value Wine)
(Plus Best of Sauvignon Blanc 2015 List)
“Hand-picked estate-grown Home Block grapes were cooled overnight; 43% cold-fermented in stainless steel using a yeast tailor-made for sauvignon blanc, the remainder fermented in used French barriques, 14% with wild yeast. Purity is the watchword for this wine, its green pea, grass and nettle flavours largely hiding an undertow of tropical notes, the package accelerating on the powerful finish. Drink by 2015”

95 Points – Forester Estate 2011 Home Block Shiraz
“Hand-picked from a 0.7ha block, destemmed, then into open fermenters with heading down boards for 7 days, thence to French oak (part new) for 20 months, some on lees. Bright crimson-purple; a sure-footed, classy shiraz with juicy red and black fruits providing half the action, the other half by quality tannins and integrated oak. The modest alcohol is a pleasure to deal with. Drink by 2031.”

94 Points – Forester Estate 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Plus selected as a Special Value Wine)
“Multiple layers of flavour have resulted from cold settling of clear juice, stainless steel-fermented in separate parcels with separate yeasts, then blended with a small proportion of barrel-fermented semillon and sauvignon blanc, adding texture to the already full envelope. Drink by 2015.”


Wines rated 94 – 100 Outstanding. Wines of the highest quality, often with a distinguished pedigree.
Wines rated 90 – 93 Highly recommended. Wines of great quality, style and character, worthy of a place in any cellar.
Special Value Wines considered to offer special value for money.


Nothing snooty about this wine

93++ points for our Chardonnay 2012

“Forester has long been a solid provider of high quality Margaret River wine at prices much more modest than many of their snooty neighbours. This racy Chardonnay is not amongst their cheapest offerings, but others would charge much more for one of this class. It’s not fat like the old dead Rosemounts that made people reach for the lemon juice, nor is it lean and skinny like the current cheapo Chablis that the somms of Sydney are rubbing on gullets with great success. Rather, this is a distinguished and accomplished wine of modest form. Grown on 34 year-old Mendoza clone vines (a Casa Blanco favourite), and made using techniques that fit neatly between those Rosemount (woody; jammy) and Chablis (steely; lean) extremes, it’s a lovely thing from first sniff to its last lingering ooze. It has that languid, come-hither, slightly fatty air of grilled cashews, fitting neatly with its flashy vanillinoids, which are almost on the jackfruit level. These characters give the wine its lovely vanilla crême texture, which is comforting and reassuring. Its flavour is somewhere in the realm of soft nougat and citrus rind; its finish long, gentle and appetising. It makes me yearn for an Amalfi saltimbocca, or the char-grilled garfish at that same wonderful sanctum.”

Philip White, Wall Street Journal: Drinkster world’s no. 2 Wineblog.

WOW what an impressive year 2013 was for our brands

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013

BLUE GOLD & TOP 100 – Sydney International Wine Show 2014

GOLD – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2013

93 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014

4.5 Stars and TOP in Category – Winestate New Releases


Cabernet Merlot 2011

Silver Medal – Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show 2013

Silver Medal – Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013

Silver Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2013

91 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014


Shiraz 2010

GOLD – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2013

Silver Medal – Royal Sydney Wine Show 2013


Sauvignon Blanc 2013

GOLD – Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2013

Silver Medal – Perth Royal Wine Show 2013

91 Points – Wine Showcase Magazine new release tasting


Chardonnay 2011

Silver Medal Outstanding – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013, second consecutive year.

93 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014


Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

GOLD – Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2013

92 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014


Home Block Shiraz 2010

GOLD – Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2013



Ray Jordan


95 Points for 2010 Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot

95 Points for 2010 Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot