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A VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING
It is our vision to improve the lot of our employees by growing our business and thereby providing maximum job opportunities in a market that is desperate for support. We go a step further, we farm sustainably with no herbicides or pesticides, we till by hand, hugely labour intensive, but very satisfying, we prune, thin bunches and leaves all by hand and finally we harvest by hand. This additional employment we hope goes some way to improving the quality of life in our community and we know that if every community looked after their own, no-one would go wanting. This is our proposal, and consequently each bottle is a victory and represents a small change – for the better – in someone’s life.
INTEGRITY & SUSTAINABILITY AT KEN FORRESTER WINES
The seal means the South African Wine and Spirit Board certifies:
- The vintage, variety and origin that are shown on the label are correct
- The wine has been produced sustainably, in an earth-friendly manner
- The wine can be traced all the way from the vine to the bottle
- It was bottled in South Africa – so it is 100% South African!
OUR WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
We manage our vineyards in a sustainable manner. Our workplace environment and work ethic should be a shining light in the industry. We create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value. Our winemaking is targeted at three distinctly different tiers, reflecting the demand from the market.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CHENIN?
“All I can say is I wish I knew.” – Ken Forrester
Each year, each vintage, each harvest is different – different rainfall, climatic differences, rainfall, temperatures etc. and all of this way beyond the control of the winemaker. The one thing that is very clear, is the fact that the flavours in the vineyard will dictate the style and flavour of wine you make. Sun-ripened fruit with its glorious yellow, the golden hue will taste different to the darker green fruit hiding, luxuriating in the shade of the canopy. Chenin is the most delicious wine and it is totally at home barefoot or in high heels and a dinner suit. It’s the ability to wear so many mantles is quite fascinating and something of ongoing exploration for me.