Dirty Little Secret
Over the years Ken Forrester Wines’ range of high quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. 2016 was no exception with several 90+ points from the world’s leading critics and inclusion in Vivino’s list of top wines.
Dirty Little Secret
With this project, Ken and his team took a trip backwards in time to make a thoroughly modern wine. The grapes are from a proper old vineyard of veritable age, on a beautiful remote mountainside in the classic old bush vine or French “gobelet” style, mimicking a brandy snifter in shape. A very old vineyard in the Piekenierskloof region, was planted with no irrigation in 1965. This is a wine that will age beautifully for at least the next ten years, a tribute to the age and concentration of the vines, as well as to low, very low interruptive winemaking, a natural wine in every sense and finally bottled totally naturally with no cold stabilization or fining and it is crystal clear, slightly golden in a good way, with a still lime green rim.
It’s unfiltered, unfined…just a Dirty Little Secret – naturally! The maiden vintage was released in April 2016, with very limited
quantities available directly from the cellar door. Price:
Tim Atkin South Africa Report – 95 points Jamie Goode [Wineanorak] – 94 points
The Drinks Business – 10 Stellar South African Chenins
Notes from Ken on particulars in the vineyards:
“We would believe that our viticulture is world class and we practise sustainable, organic viticulture; we make our own compost; we grow winter cover crops between the dormant vines; we use ducks to control snails and insects and we manage yields according to the potential of the soils and the vines; we do not believe that stress is a good practice in the vineyards or in life!:
I continue to follow the fortunes of the Forrester Vineyards and again they have received more accolades. Sadly this year we have not visited South Africa but I am sure we will be back before long. I am grateful to Alette van Vuuren for writing this.
2020 - Welcome to our special 2020 lockdown edition. We were unable to go to print in March due to the Covid situation, so we hope you will enjoy reading this year's articles ONLINE instead.
Read about the wonderful Alfred Munnings Exhibition "Behind the Lines"; find out how the beavers have been getting on at the Spains Hall Estate in Finchingfield, introduced back into Essex after an absence of 400 years; explore the link between Ferriers in Bures and the Voyage of the Mayflower, the Salem Witch trials and Wampum belts; read a fascinating interview with Carl Shillingford, talented Michelin chef and keen local forager; and enjoy a celebratory update from Ken Forrester on South African wines and his support for a wonderful local school.
2019 - Read about Tudor living on a grand scale at Alston Court, how Samuel Courtauld & Co. shaped our towns and villages, hear inspiring stories of local vineyards Tuffon Hall and West Street, get an update on the Dedham Vale AONB extension, and take a tour round Polstead Mill, one of East Anglia's beautiful secret gardens.
2018 - Read about Hedingham Castle, a new National Centre for Gainsborough in Sudbury, award-winning new Gins from Adnams, aspects of our Industrial Heritage, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, and take a look at the proposed new Constitution for CSCA..
2016 - Interesting articles on medieval graffiti, farming in the Stour Valley, exploring our AONB, early settlers from the Stour Valley to America, the archaeology of a local farm, a wonderful catalogue of British birds, celebrating a Suffolk joinery business, the weather from a South African winery.