2015 The Fergus

Clare Valley
Bottle size
750 mL


Our twenty second 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.
This wine has lifted red berry aromas and flavours of Tempranillo, spiciness from Grenache and mid palate richness with berry and violet characters coming from Malbec.
It is a luscious mouth filling wine that with careful cellaring may be kept for up to 10 years.

Winemaking Notes

Grenache grapes, left in the vineyard to fully mature, were crushed on to fermented and drained skins of Tempranillo. Fermentation lasted one week. The tanks were then topped and closed for another week for extended maceration prior to pressing off skins.
A measured amount of Tempranillo and Malbec were added for added complexity and fruit expression. The wines were then racked, filtered and transferred to a mixture of older American and French oak hogsheads. The wine remained in oak for 24 months before blending, filtration and bottling. It has been sealed under screwcap for freshness and authenticity.



Tyson Stelzer
WBM Magazine - Professional

August 18, 2019 14:30

“Tim Adams’ bargain blend is more characterful than ever with each varietal component lending its distinctive personality to the blend more articulately than ever. The result is fragrant, exotically spicy, beautifully red-fruited and impeccably supported by vibrant acid line and finely poised tannins. It’s holding magnificent freshness at four years of age and is set to live long”.


Ray Jordan
West Australian - Professional

August 14, 2019 14:30

A beautiful medium-bodied, expressive blend of grenache, tempranillo and malbec. Little wonder with those varieties this is a wine that is all about scrumptious drinking. Medium bodied but with luscious intensity and a smooth, polished finish. Nice mix of spice and floral notes adds so much on the nose.


John Rozentals
PS News - Professional

May 5, 2019 14:30

Tim Adams 2015 The Fergus ($25): This blended dry red may have started as a wine of necessity back in the disastrous Clare Valley vintage of 1993 when a kind neighbour, Fergus Mahon, was good enough to sell Tim his grenache to make up for a shortfall of shiraz, but it has developed into an integral cog in the Adams stable. The blend has changed over the years but its honesty of flavour has earned it a valued place in my list of favourites.

Kate Spain
Adelaide Advertiser - Professional

May 14, 2019 14:30

With powers combined, grenache, tempranillo and malbec do good things. This is the 22nd release of The Fergus, named after a neighbour who sold Tim Adams grenache during a shortage of shiraz and cabernet in 1993. Thank goodness. This wine is as perky as a meerkat on high alert. Cherry and spice aromas are inviting and in the glass it’s beautifully balanced, with delicate tannins and a smoked meat finish. Delish and dangerously easy drinking.
2015 / The Fergus Grenache Tempranillo Malbec
Region: Clare Valley
Best with: Charcuterie


Toni Paterson
The Real Review - Professional

May 18, 2019 14:30

A fragrant wine, open and generous, with soft fruit and a little complexity coming from age. I enjoy the baked plum flavours and the thread of subtle chinotto-like spice. A nicely balanced wine with an inviting, expansive palate. Good value