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Ferngrove Vineyards

Ferngrove Rd, Frankland, 6396

Cellar Door: Daily (10-4)

Ph: (08) 9855 2378

Ferngove label pic

Ferngrove is based on a family with a long heritage of beef and dairy farming in the region.

Murray Burton decided in 1997 to take up grape growing. He has established over 400 ha in three locations around Franklin River with another at Mount Barker.

A large rammed-earth winery and cellar door was estabished in 2000. Part of the produce comes out on a broad portfolio under the Ferngrove label (winemaker is Kim Horton).

The budget Symbols range offers excellent value while the premium Stirling Shiraz Cabernet blend, Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon, Dragon Shiraz and the Cossack Riesling consistently score highly at wine shows. The King Malbec is an unusual variety for the region but is a very attractive wine.

In 2008 they took over ownership of the Killerby winery in Margaret River.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Ferngrove Cossack Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2018 of 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2016, quite aromatic with an intense lime, apple and lemon zest palate, bright white flower and lavender florals, very long and steely with linear pink grapefruit acidity (*****)

Ferngrove Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, ripe mulberry, cassis and dark plums with violet florals, olive notes and a whiff of leather, long and medium-full bodied with earthy undertones, the cedary French oak is well integrated, the tannins are firm and gravelly, needs time in the cellar (****)

Ferngrove Diamond Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, perfumed and fuller barrel fermented style showing lime zest, melon and peach with creamy lees and a whiff of charcuterie, the toasty vanilla/cashew French oak is assertive and matches the power of fruit, talcy texture and a spine of firm pink grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Ferngrove Limited Release Malbec 2013

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, focussed and fleshy mulberry, plum and blueberry with bight violet and fennel notes, medium bodied palate is underpinned with a backbone of firm drying, chalky tannins, the use of Hungarian oak brings an interesting nutmeg/clove twist to the savoury finish (****1/2)

Ferngrove King Malbec 2012

Purchased:  Not ($32)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, aromatic, plush and fairly intense mulberry, plum and blueberry with violet and mint notes, earthy, persistent and medium bodied palate, the chalky tannin undercarriage is drying but not as firm as the Limited Release,  the French/Hungarian oak brings some bitter chocolate and.nutmeg to the powerful finish (****1/2)

Ferngrove Limited Release Malbec Rose 2014

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, Gold Medal at Royal Perth Wine Show 2014, fushia-pink colour, vibrant and creamy with raspberry, peach, strawberry, rose petal and fennel flavours, the palate is a bit drier than the nose would indicate, the chalky phenolics and brisk acidity provide the refreshing counter-balance but does seem a bit forward for a Gold Medal (****)

Ferngrove Orchid Cossack Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2016 0r 2024+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, floral and tightly wound core of lemon zest, lime and apple with musky spices and rose petal florals, steely finish with tangy pink grapefruit acidity (****1/2)

Ferngrove Frankland River Cossack Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2015 or 2023+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, shows the usual intensity and clarity, fragrant lemon sherbet, lime and apple with jasmine and citrus blossom florals, focussed and talcy palate with crunchy pink grapefruit/mandarin acidity (****1/2)

Ferngrove Frankland River Cossack Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, fragrant floral nose, pure and intense lime and apple with  sliver of orange peel and musky spices, good focus and drive from the crunchy pink grapefruit acidity, the finishes show wet slate and some very fine phenolics (****1/2)

Ferngrove King Malbec 2011

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, aromatic and plush blackberry, red cherry, X-mas cake with  liquorice and violet notes, supple and medium-full bodied with some dusty texture, spicy cedar-vanilla oak and fine, dusty tannins on the finish (****)

Ferngrove Frankland River Cossack Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, aromatic and shapely core of pear, apple, mineral and lime zest with herb, spice and orange blossom notes, long and linear with zesty pink grapefruit acidity providing plenty of drive (****1/2)

Ferngrove Frankland River Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, smooth cassis, toasty cedar and plum with black olive, mint and dried herb notes, glycerolly medium bodied palate with lingering dusty tannins (***1/2)

Ferngrove Frankland River Dragon Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, sweet fruited blackberry jam and plum cake contrast with some savoury meat and capsicum notes, glycerolly palate with overt chocolate/cedar oak, vibrant acidity and chalky tannins (***)

Ferngrove Cossack Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2011 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, two strains of yeast used, a perfumed, dry and linear wine that builds intensity down the palate, lime, pear and apple with jasmine and lemon sherbert notes, fine chalky texture, the minerally back end shows penetrating pink grapefruit and lemon rind acidity, will have a long life, terrific value so get one to drink this summer and put another in the cellar (*****)

Ferngrove King Malbec 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, perfumed and briary blackberry, red cherry, X-mas cake and liquorice, supple, medium bodied with silky tannins but has more texture, fruit definition and structure than is usually seen with stand alone Australian Malbec, finishes with fresh acids and spicy cedar-vanilla oak (****)

Ferngrove Vineyards Merlot 2007

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, light-medium bodied but flavoursome, earthy and savoury with olive, fruitcake and mint notes, glycerolly palate with plenty of creamy coffee oak, a bit subdued when first opened but really picks up with food (***1/2)

Ferngrove Vineyards Merlot 2006

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, clean red cherry and mulberry with violet and tobacco notes, light-medium bodied palate is smooth with some white pepper notes, fine savoury tannins, charry spicy French oak adds some interest, drink now style (***)

Ferngrove Vineyards Symbols Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2007

Purchased: Acland Cellars ($15)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, bright and tangy gooseberry and tropical fruit, quite dry with plenty of mid-palate spiciness and chalky minerality, fresh lemon acid finish, attractive balance (***1/2)

Ferngrove Vineyards The Stirlings 2004

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, blend of 57% Shiraz and 43% Cabernet, powerful and intense showing blackberry, black cherry and blueberry, smooth and spicy palate is multi-layered and well structured showing cinnamon, dried herb and pepper complexity and a touch of menthol, fine tannins, plenty of sweet coconut-vanilla oak support (****)

Ferngrove Vineyards King Malbec 2005

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, spicy plum and mulberry, medium-full bodied with liquorice and sweet fruit cake nuances, verging on jammy but gets away with it, cedar-vanilla oak, firm and dusty tannins (****)