Shiraz Barossa South Australia
With each harvest, the Taylor Ferguson team seek to isolate parcels of the finest fruit from which to craft their flagship Shiraz. The selection process is diligent and very strict. Parcels of fruit which are candidates for inclusion must display the requisite qualities of vibrant flavour profile, profound varietal expression and praiseworthy tannins. Fernando The First is vinified from a collation grown to choice vineyards, eighty years of age, a remarkable expression of Barossa Shiraz, its rich chocolatey palate and sound structure are tightly wound around a carriage of polished oak.
Only those parcels of Shiraz meeting the highest standards can be considered eligible to form the foundation of Fernando. One of Australia's longest continuously operating purveyors of fine wine, Taylor Ferguson can trace their origins back to establishment circa 1898. Today, the team can draw fruit from a substantial catalogue of the finest vineyards from which to construct the most impressive wines. Shiraz grapes from premiere McLaren Vale sites was selected on the basis of vibrant flavours and exemplary varietal expression. A slow, closely monitored fermentation to traditional methods and modern technology, together with a minimalist handling has produced a wine of conspicuous character and charm.
A deep plum colour with dark scarlet robes. Rich, clean aromas of blackberry, plum, spice and hints of American oak are carried through into the full bodied and complex palate, lengthening the finish. Barrel aging and a gentle vinification are evident in the fine tannins and balanced fruit characters that linger long on the palate.