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Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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Winemaker Notes

This is a youthful wine showing fresh ripe mulberries and plums with a spicy undertone.

The perfect all-rounder and a must for every wine enthusiast. Enjoy this wine with your favorite dish and friends.

59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

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The Wine Advocate

The 2011 Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot has a superb bouquet with simple but fresh raspberry and wilds strawberry fruit laced with cedar and sandalwood aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and fine tannins. There is just a smattering of dark chocolate with a wonderfully focused, almost Old World finish. Excellent.

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Ken Forrester

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Ken Forrester, , South Africa
Ken Forrester
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... View More

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick...

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère has found great success in Chile, far from its birthplace of Bordeaux. Although Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, it is now virtually extinct there, though it has been thriving since the mid-nineteenth century in Chile. Originally mistaken for Merlot, it is now successful of its own accord and plantings continue to increase. It is bottled both on its own and as part of Bordeaux-inspired blends.

In the Glass

If not fully ripe, Carménère is often marked by a green, herbaceous character (think green bell pepper and green peppercorn), and expresses flavors of red berry and black pepper when just ripe. With additional hangtime at the end of harvest, it is reminiscent more of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère can easily overpower lighter fare, but makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a richer sauce such as mole.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.