Coonawarra and Margaret River Cabernet: panel tasting results (2013)
Fermoy Estate, Reserve, Margaret River 2010
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Roger Jones 19 Pierre Mansour 18.5 Anthony Rose 18.5
Margaret River’s famed Wilyabrup zone is home to many of the region’s most celebrated estates, and Fermoy is one of the older vineyards in its heart. Today, a young, female winemaking team vinifies more than 30,000 cases in a winery adjacent to the old vineyard. Last year, Fermoy returned to Western Australian ownership after 12 years in the hands of a Swiss investor, with new investment promised in the vineyard and winery. Its Reserve Cabernet is the hand-picked fruit of a single block of dry grown vines planted in 1985 and matured in French oak barriques.
Roger Jones Intense explosion of dark berries on the nose, and a savoury, rich palate. Lingers with a very delicate and delicious soft coconut toast finish, evolving well. Nice liquorice mouthfeel.
Pierre Mansour Wonderful perfume of black cherry. High-quality toasty oak, textured, ripe fruit, dense, lots of flavour backed by ripe velvety tannins. Long. A serious Cabernet.
Anthony Rose Lovely black berry juiciness with well-integrated and well-crafted light vanilla oak and cleansingly savoury acidity on the finish. Classy, beautifully balanced young red with real personality. Outstanding.
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