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2013 Pirramimma White Label Petit Verdot

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Pirramimma are famed for producing Australia's first Petit Verdot in 1994, so they are the 'go to' guys for the variety. Petit Verdot always has brilliant colour, and the nose of this version shows lots of brambly black fruits, slight florals and tobacco on the nose. The palate is spicy and compact with plums, earthiness and vanillan oak, coupled with fine tannins and a dry, spiced finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Tasting notes: The wine has a lifted bouquet of Kirsch cherry, violets, boysenberry and cedary oak. With the concentrated palate exhibiting spicy blackberry, musk, tangy morello cherry and Santa Rosa plum, complemented by hints of blueberry and Kalamata olive. The fine grain textured tannins, subtle oak and savoury varietal flavours are beautifully integrated in a long sustained finish.

Vintage report: Our mature Petit Verdot vines relished the cool moderate 2013 vintage, producing a broad spectrum of excellent flavours. For this elegant wine we selected fruit from the Siberia, Erics, Connors, OTC and Katunga vineyards, each block providing its own distinctive profile.

Winemaking: The wine was matured in French and American oak for 28 months.

Alc/vol: 14.2%

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2013 Pirramimma White Label Petit Verdot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Pirramimma was among the first to plant Petit Verdot in SA, and was the first to win a gold medal at the Adelaide Wine Show. This came from five vineyards, and was matured for 28 months in French and American oak. It really is a seductive wine, the maritime climate of McLaren Vale warm enough to soften the hard impact Petit Verdot can evoke in cooler climates when presented unblended.
Drink by 2030
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The late-ripening petit verdot enjoys warm vintages, especially one such as Õ10 with its even accumulation of heat. It has superb colour, and while the tannins are firm, there is a mountain of black fruits and oak to carry those tannins.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
One of the first producers of quality petit verdot in Australia; this is an aristocratic wine, with lovely cedary overtones to its blackcurrant fruits, the tannins perfectly balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Earthy, leathery and meaty, slightly baked and drying, it's evolving quickly with plum and dark berry-like flavours backed by dehydrated suggestions of prunes and currants, with undertones of iodide, dark olives and menthol. Long, firm and linear, it finishes slightly raw-edged and bitter.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
82
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good colour still with red nuances: blackberry, blackcurrant, bitter chocolate, with a sweet fruit core.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typical deep colour; blackcurrant, spice and earth aromas; very concentrated and powerful, but not over-extracted; lingering tannins. One of the veterans with this variety.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Deep, dark and concentrated, this relatively uncomplicated but richly fruited red delivers intense flavours of blackberries and plums with sweet chocolate/vanilla oak and modest tannins in support. It's up-front and very intense, with marginally over-ripe flavours and a hint of baked fruit that robs it of a little length.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Over the years, one of the best examples of the variety in Australia; no more than medium-bodied, cedary and elegant; does fall partial victim to the'03 vintage, but still a worthy wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Cedar, cigar box, black fruits and earth; hyper-concentrated and powerful, reflecting both the 20-year-old vines and the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet offers an integrated blend of vanilla (from the oak), a hint of bitter chocolate (the regional influence) and a hint of cedar (varietal). A powerful wine on the palate, with bitter chocolate, dark berry, a touch of mint, finishing with the powerful tannins expected of Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean and fragrant with subtle oak, with hints of cedar and tobacco. The palate is firm and fine, with dark berry fruits, and a touch of regional chocolate. The outstanding feature of the wine is its structure built around fine, long tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94

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