Grape Varieties: Grenache, Tempranillo, Mataro and Shiraz
Growing Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Owner / Winemaker: Tim Adams

I have been enjoying this vibrant, easy drinking red wine over the past summer months and thought it was about time I shared it with you. This is the seventeenth release of the wine known as ‘The Fergus’ - which is named after Tim’s neighbour. Who was good enough to sell him his Grenache grapes in 1999, during a dramatic shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet that vintage. After blending these parcels for the first time, Tim realised that this wine born from necessity had real appeal, with a rounded soft palate and immediate food versatility.

 

The Grenache fruit was left in the vineyard until it was fully mature, and then brought to the winery where it was crushed on to fermented and drained skins of Shiraz and Mataro. Fermentation took place on the grape skins for approximately one week. The stainless steel tanks were then topped-up and closed for a further 7 days, prior to being pressed and then undergoing oak maturation for 18 months.
This 2009 vintage consists of Grenache, Tempranillo, Mataro (Mourvèdre) and Shiraz principally from the vineyards of the Mahon and Clark families along with Tim’s own vines. A significant amount of Tempranillo has been blended for complexity and its medium palate intensity. The wines were then racked several times before filtration and then transferred into used American oak barriques and remained in oak until blending and bottling.
In the glass you have a deep dark red colour, with a bright hue. On the nose this wine has lifted dark berry aromas with subtle floral and spice notes. The approachable fruit driven palate, has added complexity with lifted spiciness and extra back palate length, due to its time in oak and the blending of other more structured red varietals. This blended wine with its mouth-filling ripe berry flavours and fine tannins makes this wine ready for any occasion and most appealing. Decanting is optional, serve at 16-18°C.

An approachable, versatile blended red wine.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age gracefully for another 3-4 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with roast duck, pork, lamb, fresh pasta and homemade pizza, plus hard cheeses, enjoy.