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.
This limited release Cabernet Sauvignon shows off the great cabernet fruits produced in the Frankland River region. The nose has dense aroma of blackberry and mulberry with hints of bay leaf while the palate is sweet black, crammed with juicy blackberry and dense plum with an earthy complexity, toasty oak and a long satisfying finish.
Machine-harvested, destemmed, crushed, 14 days on skins, matured for 12 months in 100% new French oak. The bouquet and palate tell the same story: pure autocratic cabernet aroma, flavour and structure in a medium-bodied frame. The price makes no sense whatsoever. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2039; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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