Cabernet That Can’t Be Beat
Margaret River is renowned for its exceptional cabernet sauvignon. The unique terroir of Margaret River plays a vital role in shaping the distinctive qualities of Fermoy’s cabernet. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, the region enjoys mild winters, warm summers, and cooling ocean breezes that create an optimal environment for grape cultivation. The combination of gravelly, well-drained soils and a maritime influence contributes to the complexity and balance found in each glass.
At Fermoy, the cabernet grapes are hand picked off its thirty-five-year-old vines and taken to the winery where it undergoes whole bunch fermentation. This process requires regular plunging to ensure that the skin imparts incredible colour, flavour and tannins to the wine. These beautiful cabernet parcels will then be pressed into a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques.
Through a delicate dance of fermentation and gentle handling, Fermoy’s winemaker, Jeremy Hodgson, coaxes out the varietal’s inherent flavors and aromas. On the nose, expect captivating aromas of ripe black fruit, cassis and dark chocolate, entwined with subtle hints of cedar and bay leaf. On the palate, you’ll notice blackcurrant, plum and mulberries, framed by fine-grained velvety tannins that provide structure and longevity. Fermoy’s cabernet sauvignon will age beautifully for decades to come.
Some achievements by this incredible wine: when Australia’s Mary Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in May 2004, only one Western Australian wine was served at the official reception of the royal wedding, the 2001 Fermoy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermoy Estate was crowned with the supreme award “The Best Cabernet in the World” at the prestigious Concours International Des Cabernet in France 2015 for its 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded top gold and the regional trophy in the 2021 Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge. Its 2018 and 2020 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were also recently awarded 96 points and gold medals at the 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards.
The ongoing success of Fermoy’s cabernet sauvignon is a testament to the quality terroir and nurturing of the vines along with Fermoy’s commitment to presenting a truly delicious expression of the south-west climate.