Ferngrove, Cabernet sauvignon, Frankland River, Western Australia, 2012
Screw cap closure, 14% abv, widely available, about £11
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of peony and viola, becoming violets, sweet ripe red plum, red and lower-key black cherry, black berry, liquorice and a savoury hint.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of black berry, ripe black plum, black fruit boiled sweets and liquorice, dried herbs and an oaky nuance. A medium length, with a clean black fruited, slightly floral, moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, tannins a little out of balance with intensity of flavour, which is of modest intensity and concentration; showing some complexity and tertiary development with liquorice and herbal notes, which, also given the interesting nose, culminate in a disappointing length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready to drink now. It would benefit from ageing in the short-term, during which time the tannins would soften a touch, but the lack of concentration and uninspiring length, suggest an overall hold for 2-3 years with no improvement.