The Forester Estate winery was built in the summer of 2001-2002 and houses the best of new technology with proven traditional techniques to ensure the exceptional quality grown in the vineyard is preserved in the finished product.
Outstanding quality is further assured by bottling all wines on the estate.
The grapes for our white wines are either hand or machine picked and transported the short distance to the winery for rapid chilling and processing.
In the case of hand picked whites, the fruit stays in each individual crate overnight within a chilled room to bring down the berry temperature and eliminate the arduous chilling process normally required at the point of crushing.
The juice is cold settled for 48 hours prior to removing the solids and the commencing temperature controlled fermentation.
Where appropriate, selected parcels of Chardonnay, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc are fermented and/or matured in French oak barriques to provide added structure and complexity.
Oak selection is a very personal thing for winemakers and the style of a wooded chardonnay or white blend is impacted significantly by the quality and suitability of oak for the wine in question.
Our whites consistently exhibit delightful fresh and lively fruit flavours balanced with crisp acidity and deliver a delicious, lingering, dry finish.
Again we pick red fruit both by hand and machine depending on the quality of the fruit or the trellis system in the vineyard.
Machine harvesting is not possible on the intensive open lyre trellis design. On selected parcels chilling may be employed before a long cold soak at the start of a ferment, however the typical approach is to crush to a small open fermenter and inoculate with yeast immediately.
Fermentation of all our red wines is carried out in either five or nine ton open fermenters with no closed or reductive style ferments undertaken.
Fermenting wine is drained completely away from the skins and returned back twice daily over a seven to fourteen day period before a decision is made that the level of extraction is ideal.
Gentle pressing is then undertaken to avoid over extraction and harsh tannins.
All wines spend between nine and twenty months in a range of new and older French oak barriques or puncheons.
Tremendous varietal character, excellent balance and complexity, subtle oak and a lovely soft tannin finish typify Forester’s reds.