The second wine in a triumvirate of Cabernet-dominance is CW Ferguson Cabernet Malbec. Named after early Houghton winemaker Charles William Ferguson this is a ‘lively and sinuous’ expression, according to Huon Hooke. The Malbec imparts a plummy core with lilts of lilac and other purple florals, while the Cabernet component constructs the latticework of compact tannins and juicy maritime acidity, within which all else falls. A mid-term proposition, this is a powerful wine from the cooler reaches of the deep Great Southern that is nevertheless, the cuvée to breach first.
Deep red/purple colour. A bright blackberry aroma, with fruit leading, cabernet character paramount. The palate is lively and sinuous, quite concentrated, the palate line slightly uneven, the tannins measured and reasonably well balanced, adding a touch of firmness at the end. Some alcohol afterglow lingers.
92 points, The Real Review (July 2021)
A very straightforward and easygoing red, showing plenty of berries, such as raspberries, black cherries and blackberries, with a leafy touch to it. Some baked spice, too. Full-bodied with a tannic mouth feel and a medium finish.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2021)