than $30, but easily hold their own against any range within Australia up to $50. As a group, they’re pristine and deeply flavoured, made with real flair and attitude, and suited to drinking early or after cellaring. The cheaper wines are at least as competitive. The typically mineral 2014 Cossack Riesling shows yet again why this is one of my favourite Australian Rieslings”
“Known for producing consistent examples of cool climate wines across multiple price brackets, the Ferngrove stable includes the Stirlings, Orchid, Frankland River and Symbols ranges”
Ferngrove has earned the highly respected 5 star winery rating for 12 consecutive years from the James Halliday Wine Companion.
Ferngrove Wines, in Frankland River, is one of the world’s most isolated wine estates. While this isolation makes the logistics of winemaking tough, it is also what makes Ferngrove wines distinctly different.
Selected in 1998 for its favourable viticultural location 90 kilometres from the coast, Great Southern’s valleys and slopes have the rare combination of rugged, classically West Australian ancient soils and the cooling influence of the converging Southern and Indian Oceans. This unique setting allows grapes to ripen at a slower rate, giving the winemaking team the time to cultivate and nurture vines to produce their absolute best fruit.
We work with the land using the resources around us, channelling rainfall as a supplementary irrigation system and nurturing the area’s native forests, preserving the native wildflowers and orchids, to help improve the natural biodiversity. Ferngrove is also home to one of Australia’s largest winery solar power systems; operating and thriving by its very connection to and harmony with the land.
It is this relationship with the land which influences Ferngrove. Named after the road the winery and home vineyards sit upon, Ferngrove’s iconic red The Stirlings is an acknowledgement of the mountain ranges which are conspicuous on the Great Southern skyline; and the Ferngrove Orchid wines are a tribute to the Western Australian native orchids that grow on the remnant bush on the estate. It is no surprise then that our distinctive Ferngrove symbol is an interpretation of the local bracken fern found around the winery, signalling new botanical growth.
Proudly Australian-run with the benefits of international ownership, we at Ferngrove have deep respect for the land, and are committed to crafting exceptional wines of Western Australia.
Chris Zur grew up by the ocean in New South Wales and wanted to be a pro surfer. Either that or a cop. Nowadays the closest he gets to a policeman’s beat are the vineyards, which he patrols with pride. He first gained an interest in wine when visiting his brother-in-law’s Margaret River property in the late 1980s, and when the opportunity arose to work at Ferngrove in 1998, he didn’t need asking twice. Having been here since the outset, he’s developed an intimate appreciation of each block’s subtleties.
He’s particularly excited by the quality of the Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling – indeed, the 2002 Ferngrove Cossack Riesling is the best wine he’s ever tasted. As well as austere, steely Rieslings, Chris leans towards full-bodied, barrel-fermented, cool-climate reds. He loves the isolation and simple life of Frankland River, whose forgiving climate enables the vines to produce consistently good, opulent, fruit-driven wines.
Marco Pinares is a born-and-bred Chilean farm boy. He grew up expecting to step into his parents’ shoes, gradually acquiring a well-fed wife, 10 kids and a lazy, crossbred dog. As it is, he’s wound up a long way from the farm as part of the happy family that craft Ferngrove and Killerby Wines. What changed it all was an introduction to viticulture and oenology during his Agriculture degree back in Chile. Before he knew it, he’d spent so much time daydreaming about winemaking that there was no other option but to pursue it as a career.
Marco is a true team player who loves the collective commitment to quality that pours into his wines. The isolation of Western Australia makes you stop and smell the roses more often and Marco loves those autumn mornings when you’re suddenly struck by how nature changes. He’s also driven by the challenge of having to deliver a wide range of wines, all of them aiming to satisfy demanding markets. An optimistic sort, his motto in life is: Never check the change, always think it’s more.
Born and raised on a farm in South Africa’s Western Cape region, Marelize Russouw dreamt of being a farmer just like her dad. But it was the farm’s vineyards that fuelled her passion for the land and shaped her future. After completing a degree in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch, Marelize worked at Darling Cellars, Mulderbosch and L’Ormarins in South Africa before making the jump across to New Zealand and California to gain further experience.
Marelize admits she has fallen in love with the Frankland River region, taking its isolation as an opportunity to immerse herself in the winery, learning from the team and discovering more about the region. You’ll find the Cossack Riesling in her fridge, ready to enjoy with good friends and great food. When she’s not making award winning wines Marelize enjoys her newest passion, baking – matched to Ferngrove wines no doubt!
Andrew Blythe started out in wine more than 20 years ago, with a role at John Coppins Wine Merchants. He enjoyed a rapid ascent that led to his appointment as Global Sales and Marketing Manager for the Palandri Wine Group in WA, which he joined at inception in 2001 before moving to Ferngrove in 2009. Now serving as Group Sales and Marketing Manager, he has always been unstinting in his passion and support for Western Australian wine.
He believes Frankland River is special for its remoteness, diversity of varieties and wine styles, which have a distinctive lightness of touch combined with ripeness of fruit – an unusual combination among Australian wine growing regions. What drives Andrew is the satisfaction of working with a great team, being involved with great wines from some of Australia best grape-growing territory and seeing consumers enjoy the fruits of the team’s labour.