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Pirramimma Ironstone Petit Verdot 2015

Special Price $45.00 Regular Price $70.00
Pirramimma helped pioneered Petit Verdot in Australia by planting it in the early eighties and releasing it as a stand alone varietal rater than just blending it away. Swiss wine writer Rene Brown believes that Pirramimma make the best on the planet. The 2014 vintage was recently awarded best Red wine of the year at the AWC wine show in Vienna. For the 2015, tiny yields have netted a black and powerful beast, a worthy second release of ‘Ironstone Petit Verdot’. It’s massive – black in colour and large of tannin and there’s a plethora of liquorice, spice, blackberries, olive and cherry too. Decant in the morning if you are going to drink now or cellar for up to an exceedingly long time indeed.
Pirramimma Ironstone Petit Verdot
Wine Specs
Region
McLaren Vale, SA
Vintage
2015
Winery
Pirramimma
Winemaker
Geoff Johnston
Bling
Gold Medal, 92pts Anthony Gismondi
Alcohol %
14.5
Size
750 mL
Pirramimma have been around for 120 years quietly making old fashioned, high quality wines. The last 10 years have been particularly exciting with the wines striking a balance between traditional sensibilities and a more modern expression of fruit. The tasting panel last had 16 individual Pirramimma wines on the bench and every single one of them met with unanimous approval from the tasting panel … which is very rare indeed.
McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowne ...
Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling. The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill ... Read Full Article
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Petit Verdot

Variety

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. ...
Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, often too late, so it fell out of favour in its home region. When it does ripen, it is added in small amounts to add tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. It has attracted attention among winemakers in the New World, where it ripens more reliably and has been made into single varietal wine. It is also useful in 'stiffening' the mid palate of Cabernet Sauvignon blends. When young its aromas have been likened to banana and pencil shavings. Strong tones of violet and leather develop as it matures. Histor ... Read Full Article
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Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, often too late, so it fell out of favour in its home region. When it does ripen, it is added in small amounts to add tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. It has attracted attention among winemakers in the New World, where it ripens more reliably and has been made into single varietal wine. It is also useful in 'stiffening' the mid palate of Cabernet Sauvignon blends. When young its aromas have been likened to banana and pencil shavings. Strong tones of violet and leather develop as it matures.

History

Verdot was included in James Busby's collection of 1832, and it was trialled by Sir William Macarthur in the 1840s. In 2000 there was 1600 hectares in Australia with Kingston Estate in South Australia having the largest planting, four times more than in France.

Characteristics

It is increasingly being

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McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling.

The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill Range to the south. Soil type is varied, ranging from red-brown loam and sand to dark clay and the often-mentioned terra rosa. A misspell of the Italian phrase "terra rossa" (meaning "red soil"), this ruddy-red stuff is left behind when limestone breaks down, and any viticulturist will tell you it's great stuff to grow vines in due

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