Pertaringa McLaren Vale Understudy Cabernet Petit Verdot 2007
Wine Pertaringa’s Understudy Cabernet is so named as it is just that; this wine is the next in line to our flagship red, the Pertaringa Rifle and Hunt Cabernet Sauvignon. No second fiddle, the Understudy Cabernet is a stylistic contrast to our Rifle and Hunt, and is traditionally vinified before maturation in French and American oak, with a view to immediate drinkability. Although this wine will undoubtedly cellar well, as have previous vintages, like all great Understudys, the 2007 won’t like to be kept waiting in the wings for too long before it performs. 40% Petit Verdot is included in this wine for added perfume, richness and mouth feel. Rustic in nature, the nose led by savoury spice of cedar and clove, and underpinned by blackberry, plum, dark chocolate and violets. Elegant yet powerful, the palate offers flourishes of charred beets, anise and eucalypt giving brightness to the palate as a montage of rich, ripe tannins from both vineyard site and careful oak selection mingle to deliver a firm, persistent finish. A wine with purpose and direction that is sure to reward you medium term patience.