2014 The Fergus
- Clare Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
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.
From The Vine – First Rate Red
When this Clare Valley vigneron found obtaining cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes far too difficult, it was an obliging neighbour Fergus Mahon who
helped out with grenache. Hence The Fergus. Adding tempranillo and malbec to the mix, welcome to the 21st bottling of this popular, easydrinking, first-rate red.
The Fergus is an interesting blend of grenache, tempranillo and malbec. It was named after Adams’s neighbour, Fergus Mahon, who came to the rescue with some grenache fruit during a shortage of red wine varieties in the early ‘90s. The Fergus is a food friendly wine with red berry aromas and flavours. The grenache adds an earthy spiciness, while the malbec delivers midpalate richness and flavours of berries and violets. Adams describes it as a “mouth-filling wine” that may be kept for up to 10 years. He says it will pair nicely with duck, turkey, lamb and spicy dishes.
There’s no disputing that Tim Adams gives us some of the best wines from South
Australia’s Clare Valley.The Fergus is still one of Tim Adams’ topsellers, his latest release being from 2014 and a lovely drop with lifted red berry aromas,
flavours of cherries and plums from the Tempranillo, Malbec’s red berries and violets, and spiciness from the Grenache. Pay $24 and for a great food match enjoy
with a lamb leg roast or BBQ lamb chops.
“Minty and chocolatey with bright plum and raisony flavours. Smooth, medium bodied with good balance. Long finish.”
An unlikely trio of varieties tempranillo, grenache and malbec, all of which have made a solid home in Clare Valley.Farmed from estate and a neighbour’s vineyard
blend is richly aroma where violets lead the florals then a chewy palate gathers together juicy and lipsmacking crimson and blueberry flavours with lively
energy and a lightly grippy finish to suit wintry, gamy braises.
Region: Clare Valley
Value: Very good
This is the 21st-anniversary release of one of Tim Adams’ top-selling wines – a blend of tempranillo, grenache and malbec – which came about when shiraz and cabernet were difficult to get in the Clare. Fergus was the kindly neighbour who offered his grenache, and the rest is history. An easy-drinking, medium-bodied red that delivers in spades.Juicy red berries, soft tannins and a fresh acid kick. No wonder it’s lasted.
Saying Thanks to a Great Neighbour
THERE’S no disputing that Tim Adams gives us not just some of the best wines from South Australia’s Clare Valley, but some of the best-value wines from the Clare too, and one of these latter has a most fascinating tale behind its creation.
Because it was back in 1993 when the Clare suffered a dire shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet fruit, that to help him keep afloat Tim’s neighbour Fergus Mahon graciously sold him a vineyard of Grenache for Tim to blend-in with his own Tempranillo and Malbec – making for a nicely medium-bodied and food-friendly soft red.
And so successful did it turn out, that Tim made a similar blend the following year, and the year after that and then the year after that too. And when that wine soon became one of his top-sellers, he paid homage to his wonderful neighbour who sold him that Grenache in 1993, and named his blend The Fergus.
Today it’s still one of Tim Adams’ top-sellers, his latest release being from 2014 and a lovely drop with lifted red berry aromas, flavours of cherries and plums from the Tempranillo, Malbec’s red berries and violets, and spiciness from the Grenache.