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2017 St Johns Petit Verdot

2017 St Johns Petit Verdot


The Petit Verdot is always the slow one. Last to burst, last to flower, last to fruit, last to go through veraison, last to get ripe. Some years it just doesn’t get ripe enough. The Petit Verdot is a variety that pre dates Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown in Bordeaux it is used as a “filler” in some of the most famous and sought after wines from that region. Historically we use the Petit Verdot in our St Johns Cabernet blend.

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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.


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Petit Verdot

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