2014 Tim Adams The Fergus
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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.
expert reviews about
2014 Tim Adams The Fergus
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.2019 - 2037
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.2017 - 2021
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.2017-2021The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
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, 2014
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.2010-2013+The Australian Wine Annual 2013
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!WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
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 Annual
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 2009
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 2006
Finely boned and structured wine; red fruits, then fine, slightly sandy tannins. Grenache/Cabernet Franc.Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
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 2005
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