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2013 Picardy Pemberton Red Blend
Great to reconnect with this marquee producer from Pemberton, Western Australia. The Pannell family are focussed on high quality, unswervingly directed styles from their part of the world. Originally set up for an homage to Burgundy (and a connection to a Burgundy estate they had invested in), the Picardy wines have branched out into Bordeaux blends and various white wines of interest. Been a while for me. This is almost half merlot with a third cab sav and the rest cabernet franc. At the bucks, if I was a Claret-medium weight red-Merlot fancier, I would be ALL over this.
This is very good wine. Love the complex-feeling perfume, lots to sniff on, scents of Aussie bush, warm currants, berry compote, leather, char, wet earth. Savoury leaning palate that gives up firm, black berry fruitiness, loads of herbs and spice, bayleaf, miscellaneous savouriness. It’s medium weight, built around fine but grunty tannins and drags very, very long through the mouth. Has presence in youth, will age wonderfully. Fine feeling wine.
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