Ken Forrester Renegade 2006
Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
This elegant Rhone blend (our 10th vintage) displays Old World Style with New World fruit. Hint of Grenaches earthy rusticity and Shirazs noble spice with hints of nutmeg and salty black olive on the finish. Balanced with soft integrated tannins.
Serve with roasts, duckling and full flavored Mediterranean dishes as well as lamb or grilled meat and vegetables.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Renegade is a blend of 45% Shiraz, 44% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre that is raised in used oak for 12 months. It has a crisp mulberry and tea leaf bouquet that is well defined. The palate is ripe on the entry with vibrant acidity and an attractive weightlessness. Notes of blackberry, briary and bay leaf furnish the reserved, but fresh, classy finish."
Ken Forrester Winery
In 1993, hospitality industry veteran Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate, nestled at the base of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world! And so it was that Ken Forrester Vineyards was established, with a focus on Chenin Blanc production. View all Ken Forrester Wines
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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most control over wines and vineyards until the late 1980's. Now, with a bit more competition, quality is coming around. Yet, South African wine was not even seen in American wine stores until the mid-1990's – the trade embargo on the country for their racial apartheid laws kept South African wine out of the US. When apartheid fell, so did the embargo, and SA bottles began showing up on US shelves.
White wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, much of it the Steen variety – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape gaining some raves is Sauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends was once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, which used to be a grape only your mother could love, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. The most popular regions of the country include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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Notable FactsWhite wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, the majority of it is Steen – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape the critics rave aboutSauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends were once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, a man-made crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. In describing red wines in South Africa, smoky and meaty are two terms that are common. Regionally, the most popular wine-making areas include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.6 out of 5 stars
7 ratings, 3 with reviewsConstance "Cat" Bohm - Dublin, CA56/28/2012I LOVE this wine! I hadn't thought of a Grenache/Shiraz and must admit I tend to stick with Cabs and Zins. This is really very good - smooth, peppery, well balanced. I want more of it!Richard S. - Buffalo, NY411/11/2011
Just ordered and love it. Went to order more but now its sold out! Drinking very nicely right now. Will make me look at other Ken Forrester wines. Pepper from the Shiraz, fruit from the Grenacheftbldan - Lancaster, OH49/5/2012winestopsmewhining - Brooklyn, NY47/1/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Bold,heavy and earthy. Quite unusual I think.Probably best with a heavy meaty meal. Would buy again.311/18/2011Richard S. - Buffalo, NY411/11/2011
- Earthy & Spicy