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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Pertaringa Tannat 2009

From a single vineyard in McLaren Vale comes this Tannat from the impressively diverse portfolio of the Geoff Hardy owned Pertaringa.  

Tannat hails originally from France's South-West corner, tucked up against the Pyrenees mountain range that separates France and Spain.  Less known there now, it has also made a home for itself in Uruguay - with examples like this showing well in Australia.

Dark fruited with sweet accents; hints of dusty, leafy notes - rustic you'd say.  More akin to a Southern French Malbec, more overt than a Cabernet (which it is sometimes blended with to tame some of it's wilder notes).

Smooth and light on entry, plush almost, before trade mark tannins kick-in with a mix of earth and savoury spice for good measure.  Great length, driving, carrying flavour - consider as an accompaniment to richly flavoured dishes - or just a good simple steak to work with the tannin.  The only grape variety I know of that is a palindrome - and this example is as good front-to-back as it is back-to-front.  92 - Very Good
Price: $30
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap


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