Ferngrove is a 5-star winery based in the Frankland River region of the Great Southern. Regularly producing award-winning wines of exceptional quality this stunning cellar door with picturesque views over surrounding vineyards is well worth a visit.
THIS REMARKABLE Frankland River winery, established in 1998 by Ferngrove founder Murray Burton, is 90km from Western Australia’s majestic Great Southern coastline, between the cooling influence of the converging Southern and Indian oceans. The cool, pristine environment allows grapes to ripen with remarkable consistency, enabling Ferngrove to deliver wines with characteristic delicacy and clear varietal character whilst the slow ripening enhances tannin structure and natural acidity.
Adjoining the winery, Ferngrove has planted two vineyards in Frankland River totalling 225 hectares. The grape varieties grown include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz. These traditional European varieties grow very well at Frankland River thanks not only to the cool climate but also the soil, which at around 400 million years old, is said to be among the oldest in the world. The fertile topsoil has long since eroded away leaving only the red ironstone gravel (laterite) and “coffee rock” which is laterite mixed with friable clay. This soil type is characterised by low fertility and good draining which is perfect for grape growing where quality is preferred over quantity. The result above the ground is low yielding vines producing grapes with intense varietal fruit flavours.
Renowned Australian wine critic James Halliday has positioned Ferngrove in the very highest echelon of the nation’s producers for the sixth successive year, recently awarding the winery his coveted red five-star rating. Halliday describes Ferngrove as an “outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity”. The red five-stars are only awarded to wineries that have had a five-star rating for the previous two years and represent the top 8 per cent of Halliday’s database.
Senior Winemaker Kim Horton has an outstanding track record in the wine industry and combined with his passionate winemaking team, continue to produce wines consumers enjoy. After graduating from university with a degree in Wine Science, he worked for several of Western Australia’s premium producers before joining Ferngrove in 2003. Kim’s exceptional winemaking ability earned him the title of Young Winemaker of the Year in the inaugural Australian Wine Selector’s Shining Lights awards. Kim is very enthusiastic about the consistent quality of fruit coming out of Frankland River saying “It’s one of the coolest and most isolated wine growing regions in Western Australia regularly producing premium quality wines. The whites are typically very fresh with intense varietal fruit characters and the reds are structured, complex and fruit driven.”
“I’m inspired by the love of wine, not only the reds at the upper echelon, but all our wines. They take on a character that is reflective of the vintage, that is, how smoothly or otherwise it ran, how the weather changed the ripening spectrum of the fruit. Each wine has its own story.”
Ferngrove’s estate-grown wines over-deliver on consumer’s expectations on value and quality across the four ranges.
The Symbols range offers fresh, flavoursome and distinctly easy-drinking, every day quality wines at affordable prices. This range includes Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cabernet Merlot.
The Frankland River range is all about regionality and offers wines with elegance and finesse, yet modern, stylish and very approachable. They include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz. These wines are the perfect accompaniment to a range of different types of cuisine.
The Orchid range features wines made from premium parcels of estate-grown fruit, representing the pinnacle of Frankland River winemaking. Each label is named after the beautiful, native orchids found in the region: Cossack Riesling, Diamond Chardonnay, Dragon Shiraz, King Malbec and Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Stirlings is Ferngrove’s flagship red. The winemaker selects only the very best barrels from the Frankland River vineyards for this wine and therefore the varieties used may vary from vintage to vintage. This is a signature wine from Western Australia.
In its short history, Ferngrove has collected over 335 medals on the Australian Wine Show Circuit, including 20 trophies and 62 gold medals, with highlights including Wine of the Show at the 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show; Best Western Australian Dry Red Table Wine at the 2004 and 2006 Royal Perth Wine Shows; Best Blended Red Wine at the 2005 Royal Hobart Wine Show; Best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show and Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2008 Royal Perth Wine Show.
Recently, Ferngrove’s 2005 The Stirlings won the 'Grande Médaille d’Or' or Great Gold medal at the prestigious 2009 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The Great Gold Medal is the highest medal awarded at this international wine competition held in Brussels. Ferngrove received one of only three Great Gold Medals awarded to Australian wineries and the only Great Gold awarded in Western Australia. Since its creation in 1994, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has become the “wine world-championship” with 6289 wines and spirits from 54 producing countries competing this year. 250 professionals from around the world, representing between them 41 nationalities, tasted the wines.
In 2007, Ferngrove’s 2005 Diamond Chardonnay was awarded the Best Regional Australian Chardonnay over £10 in the Decanter World Wine Awards held in London.
Jeremy Oliver in his 2010 Australian Wine Annual awarded six Ferngrove wines 90 points or above. Mr Oliver said “It would be easy to get caught up in a pile of superlatives when describing what Ferngrove achieve year on year. From the affordable Symbols range to the flagship red wines, it’s a story of exceptional quality, elegance, consistency and value. Two of the most exciting wines in the preparation of this edition have been the Ferngrove 2008 Merlot and Ferngrove 2007 King Malbec – the exact taste of which I can recall months later. If there’s anyone out there doing what Ferngrove does but better, I want to know who they are!”
To fully experience the peace and tranquillity of beautiful Frankland River region (4 hours drive from Perth), stay in one of Ferngrove’s fully-equipped chalets nestled among the vines. It’s the perfect way to relax after enjoying a wine tasting at Ferngrove’s cellar door which has sweeping views over the picturesque vineyards and surrounding farmland. The chalets are only a short 90 minute drive from the world-class Valley of the Giants tree top walk and stunning southern coastline of granite cliffs and wildflowers.
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