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.
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.
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.
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
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.”