Forester Estate – producer of small scale super-premium Margaret River wines Forester Estate is a family-owned and run winery situated on Wildwood Road, Yallingup, in the northern Margaret River wine region. Kevin & Jenny McKay established the winery in 2001, it is home to a new generation winery that strives to showcase the distinct regional characters of Northern Margaret River fruit. With over 30 years’ experience in the region, Kevin and fellow winemaker Todd Payne are relentless in their pursuit of producing quality wines. “My aim is not to get too big, but to focus my attention to detail and build complexity into my wines from the ground up.” Kevin continually maintains the emphasis on production, from grape to bottle, as a consistent super-premium product.
The Forester label pays homage to our local pioneers as the Estate is surrounded by huge Eucalypt trees that once supported a thriving forestry trade. The home vineyard was planted totally on an Open lyre trellising system in 1995, ensuring our commitment to ultra-premium fruit. Open lyre demands more manual labour and less machinery doing the work, which suits our gentle approach to fruit handling. In addition to the Forester Estate Vineyard, selected fruit parcels from additional mature vineyards managed by Forester Estate supplement the production base. Control of vine vigour and judicious vineyard management has resulted in vines that are low yielding, balanced and grapes that are small in size but intense in colour and flavour, essential for the production of premium quality table wines.
Forester offers a portfolio of wines ranging from the “Lifestyle” wines displaying fresh aromatic styles that encompass the Margaret River lifestyle such as the popular Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz through to our “Reserve” and “Jack out the Box” wines. Many of these reserve wines are only produced when a vintage lives up to the outstanding reputation Margaret River is known for. Once we have identified the fruit will be delivering exceptional quality, we embark on a journey to display the unique characters of the fruit with a no expenses spared approach. These wines are truly handmade, utilising the best oak available, modern winemaking techniques and time.
Forester Estate is rated by James Halliday as a 5 Red Star winery, which is described as: An outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above and has had a 5-star rating for the previous two years. Forester has maintained a 5-star rating since 2012.
Other recent accolades include,
- Rosé 2020 – Gold, Perth Royal Wine Awards.
- Lifestyle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – Silver, Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
- Lifestyle Cabernet Merlot 2017 – Gold Sydney International Wine Show, Gold National Wine Show.
- Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards. Gold, Royal Hobart Wine Show.
- Jack out the Box Fer – Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Show.
- Yelverton Reserve Chardonnay 2018 – Trophy Champion Chardonnay of the Show, Australian Small Winemakers Show.
- Yelverton Reserve Cabernet 2014 – Trophy Best Mature Red, Royal Sydney Wine Show