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2014 Ferngrove Orchid Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon

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This bonny cab sav from Ferngrove is a medium-bodied, elegant little number that shows aromas of black plums, redcurrants and florals on the nose that are highly perfumed and appealing. The palate is suave and chic with more berry and plum flavours, licks of mint and vanilla, fine, lacy tannins, and a bright, fruity finish. A nice tomatoey meat dish would be the bomb with this!

Winemaker's Notes

The Majestic Cabernet is a fine example of the exploits of Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon. Long and intense palate of mulberry, blackcurrant and blackberry with cedary French oak and elegantly layered tannin.

Colour: Dark crimson

Nose: Intense blackberry and violets intermingled with mulberry and plum

Palate: Elegant and finely structured wine, abound with flavours of mulberry, blackberry and thyme, with fine French oak tannin

Food pairings: Enjoy with a range of rich, red meat dishes

Cellaring: Will benefit from up to 10 years careful cellaring

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Ferngrove Orchid Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a wine that is true to its variety and region from start to finish; blackcurrant fruit has the savoury, persistent, but ripe, tannins expected, and there has been no attempt to over-elaborate the fruit with oak.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Firm and grainy, this powerfully structured cabernet has a slightly leafy, minty and menthol-like bouquet of cassis, blackberries, briar and dark plums underpinned by fresh chocolate oak and a dusty, tomatoey note. Full to medium-bodied, it's densely flavoured but long and elegant, as its black and red berry/plum flavours extend towards a leathery, rather savoury finish bound by a grippy astringency and bright, refreshing acidity.
2023-2031+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
Mike Bennie (2011 Vintage) says
Set to a pitch-perfect medium bodied, this sleek, dark berry fruited cabernet offers an ease of drinking with a touch of class. All its bits are tucked in neatly, coursing across the palate with freshness and a gentle herbal character. Pretty delicious as it is.
WBM Reviews August, 2014
92
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Elegantly structured cabernet from the Great Southern. Perfumed red berry and cedary on the nose. The palate shows the influence of 20 months in oak with a fine firmish structure that will support extended cellaring. A refine and classic style.
WA Wine Guide 2013
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright hue; an ultra-powerful, intense and long palate; despite the power, the tannins are supple, and the oak balance and integration good. An extremely impressive wine.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Stylish, elegant, finely balanced and tightly focused, this dense, youthful and briary cabernet has a heady bouquet of cassis, blackberries, violets and dark chocolates backed by scents of cedar, vanilla and turned earth. It's firm but smooth, with intense primary fruit and smoky oak overlying suggestions of mocha and graphite, finishing long and willowy, with nuances of dried herbs. Likely to become smoky and cigarboxy with time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Majestic in name and majestic in quality and style. Deep and very richly textured. It's a lavish and most refined cabernet showing tremendous engine room power and intensity. Strikes an excellent balance of ripe tannin, fine grained oak and lush Frankland River fruit. Deep dark secrets of chocolate and black berry with a leafy tobacco character. excellent.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Full crimson; machine-harvested at night, then crushed and cold-soaked before the initiation of an eight-day ferment, racked to 100% new French oak for mlf and then 20 months' maturation. The high-quality grapes have easily handled this regime, providing an intense medium- to full-bodied palate full of blackcurrant fruit, with hints of dark chocolate and ample tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
95
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Shows how good Cabernet can be in the Great Southern when the vintage conditions are right. Full bodied wine with a powerful balanced palate that carries a complex mix of flavours to a controlled focussed finish. Excellent wine which needs plenty of time to show its best.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It's an excellent wine. It tastes varietal, with clear notes of blackcurrant, cedar, mint, tobacco and black olives. It offers a lovely serving of sweet, ripe fruit - Walsh described it as 'the grand, Great Southern style', which captures it to a tee. Excellent tannin control too. It's a strong wine but it does have some medicinal overtones - a point we mention only for those who are sensitive to such things.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A pristine fragrance of violets, cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla and cedar reveals undertones of dried herbs and a slightly bacony, roasted oak influence. Long, smooth and finegrained, its firmish palate of slightly minty small berries and cassis is sweetly ripened, juicy and seamlessly integrated with fresh oak and dusty tannins. It finishes with length, freshness and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The bouquet has aromas of pure cassis, cedar and an attractive core of savoury black olive; the palate is quite firm and rugged, with toasty oak and plenty of tannin; good levels of sweet fruit eventually take over the structure
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Lovely opulent and powerful example of what this vintage delivered. Masses of dark blackcurrant and black olive aromas with a palate that combines firm structure and elegance with supple fruit appeal. Classy wine.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Very polished and elegant, with a delicate smoky and floral fragrance of cassis, dark plums and raspberries backed by roasted new cedar/vanilla French oak and lightly herbal suggestions of mint and menthol. Its long, fine and supple palate seamlessly marries its intense small berry flavours, sweet oak and fine, pliant undercarriage of graceful, loose-knit tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Ripe, dense blackcurrant fruit, with soft, ripe tannins and good supporting oak. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very good colour; complex, rich blackcurrant fruit on the medium- to full-bodied palate; excellent tannin and structure; quality oak. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Strong colour; clear blackcurrant and cassis varietal aromas; firm, well-structured medium-bodied palate; very good cabernet expression throughout; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94

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