Pirramimma Petit Verdot Mclaren Vale 2006

Member Review by thach:

Dark red with garnet edge. Nose of cedar and dark berries; carries through on palate with lovely spice and forest floor. Medium to heavy body; generous French and American oak; med+ acid; well integrated, fine-grained tannins. Excellent balance with dark fruit, oak, tannins and 14.5% alcohol. Very good intensity with moderate complexity. Long, pleasing finish. Drinks well now and for next 6 to 8 years

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Pirramimma Winery:
Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. The Johnston family arrived in South Australia in 1839 and in 1892 Alexander, the tenth of thirteen children, purchased 97 hectares of rich farmland southeast of the then fledgling village of McLaren Vale. He named his land Pirramimma, an Aboriginal phrase meaning... Read more
Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. The Johnston family arrived in South Australia in 1839 and in 1892 Alexander, the tenth of thirteen children, purchased 97 hectares of rich farmland southeast of the then fledgling village of McLaren Vale. He named his land Pirramimma, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "the moon and the stars". The vineyard soils vary from sandy, on the rise, to rich dark loam on the flat. Over 60% of the vineyards are planted to premium red wine varieties, including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot ( for Australia's first 100% Petit Verdot wine ), with Chardonnay the largest single white grape planting on the estate. Winemaking at Pirramimma has been a family affair for well over 100 years and is now in the very capable hands of Geoff Johnston, grandson of the winery's founder. Under his guidance, Pirramimma has seen many significant changes, including the construction of a 3100 square metre naturally cooled rammed earth barrel storage facility, and the expansion of the land holdings from 97 hectares to 250 hectares, 180 of which are now planted to grapes. Geoff is a winemaker with a world perspective. He is graduate of the Charles Sturt University and studied in France where his strong interest in the classic Bordeaux grape variety, Petit Verdot, first developed. Geoff planted a small trial area of Petit Verdot in 1983 which has since expanded to over 10 hectares of mature vines. His Petit Verdot vintages are award winning, prompting the prestigious European wine magazine "WeinWisser" to ask.... "is there any better Petit Verdot in the world...?" Pirramimma's dedication to fine wine making has seen the brand grow consistently over the years and has underpinned a successful expansion into export markets. Pirramimma's comerstone philosophy is to produce wines from grapes grown in its own family estate vineyards, thus ensuring that the highest possible quality standards are met, and that the wines showcase the unique regional characteristics of McLaren Vale. Importantly, all wines are processed and matured on-site under Geoff Johnston's personal supervision. As a result, Pirramimma produces premium quality wines at an affordable price - a philosophy seen as the key to a successful future The Pirramimma Winery is located just a short distance south of the small township of McLaren Vale, about 40 kilometres south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Tempered by the cooling breezes of the nearby Gulf St. Vincent, McLaren vale has a mild Mediterranean climate which, coupled with the complex rich soil structure, has attained international fame for its rich expressive red wines and elegant whites. Read less

Member Reviews for Pirramimma Petit Verdot Mclaren Vale

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Snooth User: thach
4905224
4.00 5
11/22/2010

Dark red with garnet edge. Nose of cedar and dark berries; carries through on palate with lovely spice and forest floor. Medium to heavy body; generous French and American oak; med+ acid; well integrated, fine-grained tannins. Excellent balance with dark fruit, oak, tannins and 14.5% alcohol. Very good intensity with moderate complexity. Long, pleasing finish. Drinks well now and for next 6 to 8 years


Snooth User: tzimmerman
55293046
3.50 5
12/03/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: AMalashewsky
3438466
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/26/2010

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: tz41
118768131
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/09/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: mparsons
12167069
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 01/16/2009

Really full bodies wine ... excellent choice with lamb and/or game.


Snooth User: d2
27444555
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 09/12/2010

I loved this wine. My notes are unclear as to where I purchased this wine but I suspect I received it as a wine of the month club selection from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. This wine is a very dark purple with aromas of dark berries, baking spice, bittersweet chocolate and violets. Rich black/blueberry, baking spice, licorice, cinnamon flavors with a touch of oak. It is a big, concentrated, and complex. Firm tannins and a long spicy finish make this wine a little wild and exciting. I wish I had bought another bottle to keep in the cellar over the next couple of years


Snooth User: vanman
14459711
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/01/2009

excellent wine, great with big meat meals and has a really deep colour and great taste!


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External Reviews for Pirramimma Petit Verdot Mclaren Vale

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Vintage: 2003 09/20/2008

This classic Bordeaux variety has thrived in the rich Mclaren Vale soil producing a new and exciting style of wine. Its grapes produce wine as deep as Shiraz and similar in flavour, with abundant spicy violet aromas and intense berry characters.



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