Full and textured palate that is plump and juicy with fine, silky tannins. There are fruit characters of currants, blackberry and red berry with more complex notes of lavender, bay leaf and cedar oak.

Clean and fragrant with currants, lavender, bay leaf, red berry and integrated cedar oak.

Medium red with red-purple hue.

Drinking well now but will develop further over the next 3 to 5 years (up to 2020).

Food Pairing

Meat dishes, saucy pastas and cheeses.


Fruit is sourced from neighbouring properties in the most northern sub-region of Margaret River (Yallingup). Meticulous management of bud numbers and
shoot thinning continues to ensure a balanced canopy and full fruit ripeness. The 2013 vintage was a slightly warmer growing season in Margaret River. A few red varieties were harvested with slightly higher sugar levels, as we waited for the tannins to reach full maturity.

Each parcel of fruit was gently crushed into small open fermenters with traditional heading down boards where fermentation was carried out under strict temperature controlled conditions. Gentle extraction (a Forester Estate style) was achieved by daily draining of wine away from skins and returning back over. The wine was pressed to tank, where 100% was sent to new and older French oak barriques to complete the primary and malo-lactic fermentation.

After 18 months of ageing, the wine was carefully blended to achieve this friendly Margaret River style. Bottled in a premium claret bottle using a screwcap closure. This closure will ensure the wine retains its youth and fruit integrity.

In The Spotlight

2016 Cabernet Merlot
Silver Medal – Langton`s Margaret River Wine Show 2017
Bronze Medal – WA Wine Show (Mount Barker) 2017

2015 Cabernet Merlot
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2017

2014 Cabernet Merlot
91 Points – Wine Showcase Magazine 2016
Bronze Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2016
Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016
Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2016

2013 Cabernet Merlot
Gold Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015
Silver Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2015
Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015
Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015

Varietal 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Vintage Year 2016 (released Jan 2018)
Volume 750ml
Technical Details
Alcohol % 13.5%

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Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot 2016

  • Producer: Forester Estate
  • Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $34.00

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