Tim Adams The Fergus
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- Grenache is normally associated with the Barossa or McLaren Vale but winemaking maverick Tim Adams was stuck for Cabernet and Shiraz grapes back in 1993 and bought this fruit off a neighbour. The rest is history. The wine was such a success it became a permanent fixture. The Fergus, now blended with Tempranillo and Malbec, is full bodied but perfect with food, expect to find vibrant berries on the palate with notes of spice. It’s got a hardy tannin structure and would lend itself to a number of meat-based dishes, particularly duck or lamb. 100
Varieties: Tempranillo, Grenache, Malbec.
Description: Our twenty first release of The Fergus is named after our neighbour who was good enough to sell us his Grenache grapes in the vintage of 1993, during a desperate shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet. We quickly realised that a wine born from logistics had real potential as a medium, but soft style with immediate food compatibility. The wine has lifted red berry aromas and flavours of Tempranillo, with further complexity of Grenache spiciness. Malbec adds mid palate richness and flavours of berries and violets. It is a mouth filling wine that may be kept for up to 10 years, and will pair nicely with duck, turkey, lamb and spicy dishes.
Growing Conditions: 2014 was one of those years that the weather just did everything it should, when it should. This allowed excellent varietal character to be expressed across all varieties.
Food Pairing: This wine will pair nicely with duck, turkey, lamb and spicy dishes.
Huon Hooke says:“
Deepish red with a bright purple tinge; the bouquet is fresh and minty, with raspberry and tomato aromas. There is good intensity on the palate, ample grippy tannins and dominant mint, herbal, tomato and sousbois flavours. The tannins are sinewy and firmer than expected, but there is richness and fruit sweetness as well. Oak plays a very back-seat role. A well-structured wine which will cellar beautifully.
Best Drinking: 2019 - 203793
Campbell Mattinson says:“
Necessity is the mother of invention. In 1993 Tim Adams was desperately short of Shiraz and Cabernet so his neighbour, Fergus Mahon, sold him some Grenache to keep him ticking over. Hence The Fergus blend was born, and has been made ever since. This release includes Tempranillo and Malbec, all of which is dry-grown. Its usual reliable self. There was a time when I wasn’t a great fan of The Fergus but we’ve moved on from there in recent years. It’s well-balanced, fleshy, not too light and not too heavy. It’s red berried with star anise, cola and gum leaf highlights. It’s a well tailored red, perfect for casual drinking.
Best Drinking: 2017 - 202190
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:“
A medium-weight blend whose lightly floral, herbal and spicy aromas of red cherries, blueberries, dark plums and forest floor notes are backed by nuances of mint and menthol. It?s elegant and fine-grained, with a dusty spine of chalky tannin beneath a moderate depth of slightly meaty, berry/plum fruit that extends towards a lively, refreshing and finely balanced finish with a faint savoury aspect.
Best Drinking: 2017-2021The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:“
At five years of age, this is a beautifully crafted and impeccably balanced blend that retains wonderful floral perfume and primary fruit spice, within the beautifully polished seamlessness of barrel and bottle age.WBM Reviews September, 201494
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:“
A lightly spicy, peppery and floral fragrance of black and red berries, dark plums and licorice has an earthy background of older oak, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Smooth and polished, it's a restrained, traditional dry red style of moderate intensity supported by smooth, plaint tannins. Finishing with pleasing length and a suggestion of raisined fruit, it's well made, but lacks highlights.
Best Drinking: 2010-2013+The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says:“
Fergalicious, so delicious. Neither plush nor taut, but strutting the middle ground confidently; its bright red fruits a multi-talented partner with all manner of cuisines. They want a taste of what I got!92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:“
Very elegant but steeped in flavours of small fresh fruits, this spicy grenache blend marries pristine flavours of red cherries and dark plums with nuances of briar, cloves and licorice over delicate suggestions of mint and cedar. Floral and perfumed, with a hint of underbrush, it's juicy but fine-grained, supple and dusty, finishing with a long, persistent core of pristine fruit.The Australian Wine Annual92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:“
Smooth and savoury, with a dusty, meaty and earthy fragrance of dark plums and blueberries, cloves and cinnamon over suggestions of menthol. Brightly lit and juicy, with a lingering spiciness, its vibrant, supple and red-fruited palate overlies a fine, powdery spine of drying tannins, finishing long and fresh.Australian Wine Annual 2010 200993
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
An eclectic blend of Grenache/Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/ Malbec/Cabernet Franc comes together in a light- to medium-bodied palate made for easy drinkingAustralian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
An honest, grenache-driven red whose jammy, meaty and minty flavours of plums, prunes, blueberries and currants reveal undertones of cloves, nutmeg and menthol. Smooth and spicy, it lacks great length, finishing warm and savoury, with a slight rawness and a lingering suggestion of choc-mint.Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:“
A restrained expression of grenache that holds its more overt and confectionary varietal instincts in check. Its vibrant, floral and spicy perfume of raspberries, cherries and blueberries has a lightly minty background, while its smooth, supple, long and silky palate is tightly framed by dusty, powdery tannins, it finishes fresh and lively, with lingering cherry and blueberry flavours.Australian Wine Annual 2007 200691
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Finely boned and structured wine; red fruits, then fine, slightly sandy tannins. Grenache/Cabernet Franc.Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:“
Pleasingly rich and firm, carrying none of the cooked confectionary and blueberry characters of most Australian grenache, this sumptuous and well-structured wine has a dosed and lightly meaty bouquet of spirity red cherries and plums over sweet nuances of bubblegum/vanilla oak. It's long and drying, with lingering spicy plum-like flavour.Australian Wine Annual 2006 200592
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:“
Meaty, spicy grenache with a slightly cooked, lightly oaked and jammy aroma of red berries, plums and cherries. Forward and generous, fractionally spirity, it presents a moderate length of slightly stressed and spicy fruit, finishing firm and leanish.Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:“
Light-bodied; quixotic blend which works quite well in the context of the overall style. Savoury.Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:“
Clear red-purple; aromas of jam, spice and herb on the bouquet are followed by a palate loaded with sweet, juicy, jammy varietal character. The blend may not be as haphazard as might appear, because the wine works better than some. The blend is 86 per cent Grenache, 10 per cent Cabernet Franc and 4 per cent Shiraz.Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has a good depth of ripe and not too jammy fruit, the palate following suit with abundant, complex flavour mouthfilling and soft. The small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz have done the trick.Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; there is smooth berry fruit, with chocolate overtones and subtle oak on the bouquet. The palate unexpectedly diverts into uncompromising minty flavours, which some will like more than others. Whatever one's view on the mint, the structure of the wine is good.Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999