This variety is made with the purpose of enhancing the St Johns Cabernet blend, if it needs it we’ll add a touch to the Bartondale Cabernet and potentially the Estate range reds which helps add weight and structure to the wines. A straight varietal is never out of the question, but we need everything to be perfect, especially the level of ripeness.
This year we identified several barrels that were really very special, the blending of these barrels showed a wine that was varietal, intense and special enough to be a St Johns.
Colour – Dark red and dense
Aroma – An intense red wine. Lifted aromas of black currents, dark cherries intermingled with violets. The earthy, savoury almost leathery note is apparent and sits alongside the subtle French oak nuances.
Flavour – Petit Verdot is not for the novice. This is a serious wine, that deserves respect and your full attention. Intense dark fruit load the mid palate, with the firm tannins adding a grip on the cheeks and teeth. The fresh acid line serves to cleanse the palate leaving a great mix of dark fruits and savoury elements.
JAMES HALLIDAY – 91 POINTS