L'Ecole No. 41 Ferguson Estate Red Blend 2016 - 750ml

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96pts James Suckling

I love the fragrant black-raspberry and violet notes that pull you into this concentrated yet elegant red. Great tannin structure and freshness that could wake the dead. The finish is super long, focussed and minerally. A blend of 62 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 26 per cent merlot, six per cent cabernet franc and six per cent malbec. From organically grown grapes.

95pts Jeb Dunnuck

Incorporating the most Cabernet Sauvignon of the three top tier releases, the 2016 Estate Ferguson Ferguson Vineyard is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec, all aged in 50% new barrels. It's a full-bodied, powerful wine that has a distinct salinity and a marine-like note in its red and black fruits, spice, crushed rocks, and cedar aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, it nevertheless has the charming, balanced, layered style of the vintage front and center. It too has good acidity and is going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age.

94pts Wine & Spirits

A blend of cabernet, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc, this feels as firm and vertical as an edifice—or the basalt bedrock upon which Ferguson Vineyard is planted, in the hilltop Sevein project. It starts out shy and reserved, combining modest vanilla-oak scents with warm plums and a distant leafiness. As it takes on air, the flavors start to crowd the glass, compressed and powerful. This is years from its peak, built to last two decades or more.

91pts Wine Enthusiast

Cabernet Sauvignon (62%) and Merlot (26%) make up the majority of this wine, with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The aromas of bittersweet chocolate, herb, dusty earth, graphite, vanilla and cherry show delineation and appeal on the nose. The palate brings a mouthful of restrained fruit flavors, with firm, puckering tannins backing them up. A mouthwatering finish displays a mix of red and black fruit. Best after 2023, with a long life beyond that.  Cellar Selection

Winemaker Notes

Ferguson’s favor profile is distinctly influenced by its volcanic basalt soil. This massive wine offers complex aromas of espresso, tobacco, and dark mineral-laced fruit. Layers of wild blackberries and dusty tannins integrate with favors of flint and graphite on the palate. Concentrated natural acidity leads to a robust and lingering finish.

Blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec