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2014 Ferngrove Orchid King Malbec

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Malbec is one of those wines that demands the hind-leg of a cow to compliment it - complete with charred crispy bits. This one is a sumptuous, fleshy number that displays ripe aromas of spiced plums with whiffs of mocha on the nose. The palate is rich and fleshy, but it is balanced, with black fruit and dark chocolate flavours, sultry tannins, and a spicy, earthy-edged finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The King Malbec is fast gaining a reputation, contemporary in style, black and powerful with an array of beguiling aromas and a core of fruit expressive of the region. Plush palate, round and inviting, chocolate and plums with lashings of French oak vanilla on a long fine palate.

Colour: Crimson

Nose: Intense black plum and five spice with lashings of chocolate

Palate: Plush palate, round and inviting, chocolate, plums, mulberry with lashings of French oak vanilla on a long fine palate

Food pairings: Enjoy with a wagyu steak or cheese platter

Cellaring: Will benefit from up to 10 years careful cellaring

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2014 Ferngrove Orchid King Malbec

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Perhaps made to reflect a more Argentinian expression of this variety than usual, with a wild, meaty and earthy earthy bouquet of mulberries, cassis and chocolatey oak backed by briary, funky undertones. Framed by drying, fine and grainy tannins, it’s long and smooth, with a searingly intense and almost bloody presence of small dark berries, plums and a hint of currant, finishing with length and impact.
The Australian Wine Annual 2015
93
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Typical of young malbec with sweet black plum to celery red fruit aromas. The palate is slick and smooth, medium bodied with up front ripe fruit, good fruit texture and a morish fine oak tannin acid balance, spice and earth on the finish. This has refinement.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright purple-crimson; has the texture and structure so often missing from varietal Malbecs, but without distracting from the plush plum/plum jam fruit of the variety. Will be as good to drink in 10 years as it is today.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Fine and elegant, with a heady, spicy perfume of violets, cassis, raspberries and red cherris backed by dusty vegetal nuances. Long and supple, it's medium to full-bodied, with a deep, dark-fruited core of flavour extending along a dusty spine of chalky tannin towards a fresh, balanced finish of genuine persistence. Tremendous varietal integrity.
2023-2031
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A fine malbec whose fiery core of fruit is likely to evolve more power and intensity. Scented with dark plums, dark cherries, chocolate/cedary oak and earthy, meaty undertones, with a sweet floral perfume, it's moderately rich but polished and elegant. Deep, dark, palate-staining flavours of black, blue and red fruits and fresh oak knit tightly with fine, firmish but pliant tannins, finishing with genuine length and balance.
2022-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A pre-fermentation cold soak, and further maturation post an 8-day fermentation preceded 20 monthsÍ maturation in predominantly new French and American oak; medium crimson-purple, the juicy red and black berry fruits and silky tannins signalling the unqualified success of the winemaking.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Smooth, measured and finely balanced, with a fragrant bouquet of plumcake, small black and blue berries, tobacco and dark chocolate lifted by a whiff of rose petals and backed by notes of dried herbs. It's elegant and fire-grained, with a pleasing length of vibrant fruit and spicy, savoury oak underpinned by fine, supple tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
A rare varietal malbec which shows the variety to be a seasonal sulk yet has interest and juicy fruit when all goes well. Dense powerful wine with in the good years flavours of cranberry sap celery and banana.
2013
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
King Malbec great name but is it fit for one? At first it smells of smoke and bandages, like it's just come back from war. Many hours later it still smells a bit like that, though far more attractive scents are offered up: lavender over red and black berries, and spice. When you drink it, it's juicy and red fruited, plummy and fruitcakey. It has fine-grained tannins and a sort of dried herbal twang, together with chocolate-accented oak. It has drive though the palate and interest, though it finishes with an unpleasant metallic bite. You have to be daring.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
87
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
A rare varietal malbec which shows the variety to be a seasonal sulk yet has interest and juicy fruit when all goes well. Dense powerful wine with in the good years flavours of cranberry sap celery and banana.
Rob Geddes MW
89
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A deliciously drinkable, perfectly and evenly ripened malbec with exceptional balance and potential. Sweet aromas of small black and red berries, violets and sweet vanilla and dark chocolate oak reveal scents of lavender and youthful banana-like estery notes. It's plush, smooth and silky, with pristine, juicy berry flavours tightly knit with lightly smoky sweet cedary oak and eased into a fine, silky undercarriage of genuine presence and strength.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
A rare varietal malbec which shows the variety to be a seasonal sulk yet has interest and juicy fruit when all goes well.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
86
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very good colour; good entry into the mouth, but then that slight dip in the mid-palate typical of malbec; it rises again, with glossy cherry fruit to the fore. Gold WA Wine Show '08.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has far more texture and structure than most malbecs, and the black fruits and Christmas cake flavours avoid the jammy trap; well-deserved gold WA Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Deeply scented with dark plums, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries, iris and lavender, this silky-smooth and fine-gained malbec delivers a long, dark and tightly focused palate whose intense, pristine fruits knit tightly with fine-grained chocolatey oak. It's long and persistent, with a lingering presence of dark fruits and dusty, chalky tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
A rare varietal malbec which shows the variety to be a seasonal sulk yet has interest and juicy fruit when all goes well.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Sweet, smooth, supple blackberry, mulberry and plum; just avoids the jamminess the variety is prone to; this wine always interesting, always good.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
A rare varietal malbec which shows the variety to be a seasonal sulk yet has interest and juicy fruit when all goes well.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Unquestionably the best malbec in Australia, year in, year out; rich, juicy mulberry, blackberry and blood plum mix; good structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Powerful mouthfilling style with much more structure than normally encountered with malbec, but juicy/jammy varietal fruit there nonetheless.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Arguably the best definition of malbec in Australia; particularly juicy, jammy fruit with fine, long tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Dense colour; rich, very deep and concentrated black fruits, prune and spice; controlled extract.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
Not many straight malbecs made these days. Yet, here is one that stands comfortably on its own. It has structure, fruit definition and balance, delivered with style. The smells of fruitcake, raisin and smoky plum are quite seductive and beautiful. The palate yields a delicious mix of ripe fruit and earthy spicy flavours. A little suggestion of coffee bean and dusty oak completes the picture. A super wine.
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
92

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