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Ferngrove Orchid Dragon Shiraz

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Ferngrove Orchid Dragon Shiraz

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Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Luscious style, knows what it's about, black pepper laced through hearty blackberry and black cherry but with suppleness as a keen consideration throughout. Smoky, minerally tannin of the ultra fine-grained variety.
Australian Wine Companion
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Tight and taunt with the regional savoury spice to the raspberry and mineral shiraz, plus fine oak. Drinks well, the palate is smooth, even and long with raspberry, vanilla spice and good intensity. Fills the mouth with bright fruit and oak delivering additional flavours and tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Good hue and depth; a supple and smooth medium-bodied palate, the mix of gently savoury/spicy black fruits picking up precisely the message of the fragrant bouquet; the palate is long and very well balanced, the oak present, the tannins ripe. Shows flavour achieved at a modest alcohol level.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Campbell Mattinson (2011 Vintage) says
Lifted perfume, spice but well controlled, blends ripe, chocolatey, tar-like fruit with softer, lighter cherried notes. Feels balanced throughout. Feels light on its feet, but does not lack flavour or impact. Good massage of tannin. Good drinking.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 30 May 2014
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An older, rather minty and oaky style of shiraz. Peppery, meaty and graphite-like aromas of black and red berries, mulberries and cedar/chocolate oak with a hint of menthol precede an elegant, long and moderately intense palate whose laid-back presence of sweet berries, plums and fresh vanilla oak is framed by a slightly metallic and edgy extract. Give it some time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Mid-crimson, purple hue; restrained and complex on the bouquet with black cherry, blackberry, sage and ironstone minerality on display; the palate is taut and full of gravelly tannins, fresh acidity and finishing with a long, spicy and expansive conclusion.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Very elegant, complete and finely crafted, with a sweet, smoky bouquet whose tomatoey aromas of cherries and berries, menthol, cedar and chocolate reveal undertones of spearmint. It's supple and polished, with bright fruit underpinned by polished but fragile tannins and savoury oak finishing with pleasing integration and freshness. A little too tomatoey to rate higher.
The Australian Wine Annual
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Polished, long and savoury, but marginally too alcoholic for a higher score. Scented with pristine aromas of violets, cassis, dark plums and berries backed by sweet gamy vanilla/bubblegum oak and suggestions of tomato stalk and menthol, it's medium to full-bodied, ripe and juicy, luscious and oaky. Intense jujube-like small dark berry flavours are handsomely cloaked by chocolate/mocha oak and underpinned by a firm but very pliant extract. It finishes with lingering notes of licorice, spice and a hint of spirity warmth.
Australian Wine Annual 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
High in flavour, medium in weight, spicy raspberry savoury fruit, turning meat stock savoury with age.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Smooth, savoury and stylish, this complex northern Rhone-like shiraz unfolds a dusty, peppery bouquet of raspberries, cherries and plums, cloves and cinnamon supported by sweet cedar/vanilla oak, suggestions of dried herbs and charcuterie-like undertones. Tightly knit with oak and fine-grained, dusty tannin, its juicy palate of blackberries and blueberries finishes long and savoury, with pleasing reductive complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A lush array of black fruits, blackberry, plum, black cherry and a touch of licorice; powerful but smooth and long; good oak and tannins. Indifferent-quality cork
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good colour; powerful, concentrated blackberry, licorice and spice fruit supported by positive, balanced tannins. Good oak rounds off a top wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Clean, ripe plum, blackberry and spice fruit; excellent structure, length and cool climate style.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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