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Tim Adams Clare Valley Grenache The Fergus 2001

Grenache from Clare Valley, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

"The Fergus" is named after Tim Adams' neighbor who generously sold Tim his Grenache grapes during a desperate shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet in the vintage of 1993. Tim quickly realised that that which had been born from logistics had real potential as a full-bodied but soft style, with immediate food compatibility and medium term cellaring potential. The wine has lifted red berries aromas and flavours, complexed by grenache spiciness, and given extra back palate astringency by the blending of other more tannic red varieties. It is a mouth-filling wine, and is particularly good with spicy and richly flavored red meat dishes.

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Tim Adams, Clare Valley, Australia
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The Tim Adams winery is located 130 kilometres north of Adelaide in the beautiful Clare Valley, South Australia. From 1985 when just 10 tonnes of grapes were vinified, the winery now crushes 500 tonnes - around 250 tonnes for the Tim Adams label, and contract winemaking for other local labels, the balance. This is now sourced from 11 local growers as well as from our own vineyards (joint venture with best friends Grant & Jackie Crawley). On our vineyard we grow Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz. Planned plantings for the next few years include Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Viogner, Pinot Grigio as well as increasing the plantings of Shiraz and Riesling.

Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.

Grenache

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Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

In the Glass

In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.

Perfect Pairings

Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

Sommelier Secret

Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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