Tim Adams ‘The Fergus’ Grenache Tempranillo Malbec 2014

Tim Adams’ twenty first release of The Fergus is named after his neighbour who was good enough to sell him his Grenache grapes in the vintage of 1993, during a desperate shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet.  Tim quickly realised that a wine born from logistics had real potential as a medium, but soft style with immediate food compatibility.

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Reviews & Awards

“93 points”  “(…). Drink with gusto.”

Super slurpy red of the highest order, that kind of weeknight wine that scratches every itch and then leaves you room for some more.  Pretty, pot pourri, rose petal and red-berry aromas, fleshy and plump in palate with bright, red and black fruit flavours and a lick of anise.  Just right.  Drink with gusto.”
Mike Bennie, WBM, 100 of The Best, May/June 2017

“4/5 stars”

“This is the 21st-anniversary release of one of Tim Adams’ top-selling wines – a blend of tempranillo, grenache and malbec – which came about when shiraz and cabernet were difficult to get in the Clare. Fergus was the kindly neighbour who offered his grenache, and the rest is history. An easy-drinking, medium-bodied red that delivers in spades.  Juicy red berries, soft tannins and a fresh acid kick. No wonder it’s lasted.”
Jane Thompson, The Adelaide Advertiser, February 2017

“…a lovely drop…”

“There’s no disputing that Tim Adams gives us some of the best wines from South Australia’s Clare Valley.  The Fergus is still one of Tim Adams’ topsellers, his latest release being from 2014 and a lovely drop with lifted red berry aromas, flavours of cherries and plums from the Tempranillo, Malbec’s red berries and violets, and spiciness from the Grenache.  Pay $24 and for a great food match enjoy with a lamb leg roast or BBQ lamb chops.”
David Ellis, Melbourne Observer, February 2017

“Tim Adams is one of the finest and most consistent of the Clare Valley’s many wineries.”

“The affordable prices and widespread availability of its wines do not give them the caché that scarcity or extreme cost often delivers regardless of quality.  These are true enthusiasts’ wines – they’re carefully and professionally made from well-managed and low-yielding vineyards, and they exemplify what the Clare Valley is all about. (…).”
Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual 2015

One of Top 40 of the Best 100 Australian Wineries 2017

Matthew Jukes, Top 100 Australian Wineries 2017

“Top 10 Iconic Australian Winemakers”

Book: The Ten Apostles – Stories of Australia’s Iconic Wine Makers, David Aylward and Paul Ashton, 2016

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