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Pertaringa Understudy Cabernet Petit Verdot

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The understudy to what we ask? Is there a main man/woman? We're still not sure but this certainly has a little bit of the cheeky 'I can't believe I'm not the star' sternness to it, an extra level of firm tannins to indicate that this needs more time to come together (by which time it may well be a star!).

Winemaker's Notes

No second fiddle, the Understudy is a stylistic contrast to our Rifle & Hunt Cabernet. The addition of Petit Verdot offers immediate drinkability with added perfume & richness.

Nose: Blackberry and dark red cherry aromas with earthy undertones and hints of liquorice & blue violets.

Palate: Balanced palate with unique plum, cherry, tobacco and spearmint flavours. Rich, integrated tannin structure.

Food: Marinated lamb & char-grilled vegetable pizza with goats cheese and rosemary.

69% Cabernet, 31% Petit Verdot.


expert reviews about

Pertaringa Understudy Cabernet Petit Verdot

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Winestate
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strong crimson-purple; a quite firm, but still medium-bodied, palate features fresh blackcurrant and blackberry fruit supported by balanced tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Full-flavoured rustic wine best not overanalysed, simply drink with barbecued T-bone.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
This is the darkest Cabernet so far in our hall of greats, with a Petit Verdot element playing understudy to the Cabernet. We love the way that they work so well together, and this wine manages to retain the spice and fragrance of PV without attracting any of its unwanted brawn.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Lovely merger of aromas and an appealing, dry, mushroom-like palate. Drinking well now.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
As befits the 70%/30% blend, firm and austere. This is not a wine for immediate consumption.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly less bright colour than the Rifle & Hunt; an interesting wine; sharper again, brisk acidity; vibrant red and black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Attractive black and redcurrant fruit; excellent tannin structure and length; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90

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