Excellent value for money chardonnay offering just a little bit more than you expect at this price. Richly complex aromatics with a mix of nectarine and cumquat, lifted with a splash of citrus and lightly roasted nuts. The palate is creamy with neat oak infusion and good length.
Opens with an alluring mix of red berries, mint and a leafy tobacco-like character. It’s medium bodied with good tannin and oak supporting some really nice fruit. Persistent with good depth of flavour. Nice wine for this price.
Malbec is a variety that has performed very well in Frankland since the earliest days. This is a slightly firmer expression yet still showing the beautiful weight and depth of fruit with those subtle floral and leafy red fruit characters to the fore. Grainy tannins and tight oak hold the lines through to the finish.
Medium to full bodied cabernet displaying such an impressive elegance and refinement that captures the essence of this region. Leafy red berry and cedar on the nose. The palate delivers with precision and control with the power of cabernet presented with subtlety. Will evolve into a mighty good wine in a few years.
Thoroughly engaging wine made from cabernet and shiraz, two varieties that really sing together. Loads of sweet ripe fruit with a little licorice, dark plum and spiciness. The palate is supple and quite fleshy though with stacks of fine tannin and French support. Will be worth putting away for a while.
Ferngrove King Malbec 2012 ($32)
This variety is best known as a blending component yet when the vintage is good it gets the chance to strut its stuff as this excellent wine does. It’s a wine of great
poise and expression with spices and dark chocolate and fruit intensity evident on the nose and palate. Still a little closed now but it will open up with further ageing.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years
Ferngrove Cossack Riesling 2014 ($23)
Another beautiful expression of Riesling from this very special vineyard in Frankland River. It’s fine with powdery lemon zest and light spicy minerals on the nose. The
palate has a gossamer fine acid supporting the lingering finish. Has deceptive ageing potential too.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 8 years
Ferngrove sauvignon blanc 2015 ($20)
Another very good sav blanc from this producer. Zesty snow pea and passionfruit aromas with a light dusting of lemon. The palate is delicate and poised with a lovely
crisp and fresh mouthfeel supported by a remarkably refined acid. Persistent finish completes a terrific current drinking wine.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 2 years
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