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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz 2011

The Undercover, so named as McLaren Vale Shiraz was often a key component of
celebrated wines in Australia's history. These days it gets slightly more celebrated billing - but this is Pertaringa's nod to those times when it was less so.

Initially shows the aromatic signature consistent with a cooler, wetter vintage - git it a little time and air and it opens revealing a fairly dense tapestry of rich chocolate, plummy notes, dark berry compote: essence of McLaren Vale perhaps. Be patient, wait a little longer and there's some furtive sandalwood and minty character wafting through.

Entry is spicy, toasty oak is fairly prominent and provides gloss and sheen, tarts things up a little with slippery silken feel. Tannin is very fine, flowing to a finish of chocolate and berry fruits, a cascade of velvety teture. 90 - Good

Tasted on: Saturday 1st June, a Flower Day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Closure: Screwcap

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[Edited at 18:41 on Sunday 9th June 2013 to reflect that this is the 2011 vintage and not the 2010]


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