Forrest’s exceptional value wines

The Forrest Estate vineyards in Marlborough. (Photo: Forrest Estate Wines)

Forrest Estate is a well-established Marlborough-based wine producer making wines from Marlborough, Central Otago, North Otago (Waitaki) and Gimblett Gravels under a variety of brands including Forrest, The Doctors’, Tatty Bogler and John Forrest Collection. The winery is small enough to be innovative and experimental but large enough to offer exceptional value in its entry-level Forrest range that are mostly line-priced at around NZD $20. Here are my three best value wines, which are all from Marlborough.

Forrest’s 2017 Albariño is a good example of this Spanish/Portuguese variety with mandarin zest, apricot, subtle floral and mineral flavours.

The 2017 Forrest Riesling is a richly-textured and quite concentrated wine with citrus, lime, apple and a suggestion of white flowers and mineral character. A hint of sweetness is balanced by fresh acidity to give a dry-ish finish. It offers impressive value at this price. (NZD $20)

Forrest’s 2017 Albariño is a good example of this Spanish/Portuguese variety with mandarin zest, apricot, subtle floral and mineral flavours. I particularly liked the wine’s rich and almost oily texture which is derived, at least in part, from spending a short time in a 1000 litre oak fuder in contact with the yeast lees. (NZD $20)

My favourite Forrest wine was the 2017 Forrest Chenin Blanc, another very textural wine with classic hay, straw, apple, toasted nut and brioche autolysis flavours together with a savoury influence. A weighty, complex and concentrated chenin blanc with development potential.

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