|Grape Variety||100% Fer|
|Oak maturation||20 months – 35% new oak and 65% three year old French oak.|
|Release date||March 2019|
||Deep red with red-purple hue.|
||Ripe and concentrated with a fragrant perfume of violet and incense. There are ripe dark fruits of currant and mulberry with pepper and lead pencil, which are
balanced by more complex notes of damp earth and cedar oak.
|Palate||Full, firm and structured with fine grain tannins. Once again, ripe dark fruits
show through with a slight hint of pepper.
|Food matches||Beef eye fillet, prosciutto wrapped venison with roasted vegetables.|
||Drinking well upon release but has the potential to evolve and impress towards 2025.|
Fruit to make the Fer was sourced from a premium vineyard in Margaret River. Close monitoring and analysis of these vines leads to shoot or bunch thinning by hand if required to obtain the perfect balance for good exposure and healthy ripening. A philosophy of minimal inputs in these premium blocks allows the unique combination of variety, soil type and microclimate to shine through and produce a parcel of fruit with true character. The 2015 vintage was warm with an extended growing season for the reds due to cooler and wetter conditions in February and
The fruit was harvested early in the morning and was crushed into a small open fermenter. The ferment was initially hand plunged four times a day for the first 3 days, then the frequency was slowly reduced for the following 3 days leading into draining and pressing off the skins. As Fer is a tannic variety, close attention needs to be paid to the level of extraction during the second half of fermentation on skins as well as during pressing of the skins. Press cuts are generally made early to avoid the extraction of undesirable tannins which can lead to a tough tannic wine. The wine was then matured in two year old French barriques for 20 months.
Storage / Bottling
The 2015 Fer was bottled in December of 2016 to super premium reverse taper claret glass with a stelvin closure. This wine is drinking exceptionally well now and with prudent storage should continue to show well towards 2025.
Awards & Achievements
Halliday Wine Companion
2015 Fer 92 points
2014 Fer 94 points
TROPHY – Sydney International Wine Competition 2018
“The Ted Radke Perpetual Trophy for Best Table Wine made from a Lesser Recognised Grape Variety”
TOP100 – FULLER BODIED DRY RED WINES
Blue Gold – Sydney International Wine Competition 2018
94 Points – Halliday Wine Companion 2018
Silver Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
Bronze Medal – Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016
Bronze Medal – Small Winemakers Show 2016