Petit Verdot Ironstone 2015


Petit Verdot Ironstone


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Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Store Only
Regulated designation
Table wine
South Australia
Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
Petit Verdot 100 %
Closure type
Metal screw cap
Winery's website

About this 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 "the moon and the stars." The vineyard soils vary from sandy, on the rise, to rich dark loam on the flat....

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Notes about product

The fruit was hand selected from four different vineyards, soil types, locations and clones.

Winemaking notes

40% of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak barriques, with 25% matured in 2 and 3 year old French barriques, plus older oak for the other 35%. Maturation followed for 28 months.

Tasting notes

A bouquet of blackberry, violets, olive, liquorice and spicy cedary oak, with hints of lavender and musk. The palate delivers blueberry, anise, Kalamata olive, black cherry and bramble, all enveloped by firm controlled tannins and savoury oak. This big brooding wine will require serious aerating to consume with food in its youth or will reward long term cellaring under the right conditions.

Press reviews

Gismondi on Wine

- 92 points -

September 2018

This is an absolute giant of a red wine from the Fleurieu District in McLaren Vale. It's entirely petit verdot, a variety that used to ripen in Bordeaux once a decade, but that obviously has no issues with achieving ripeness in McLaren Vale, especially at Pirramimma where they have a great feeling for this variety. The wine spends 24 months in a mix of French and American oak that seems to have little effect on the boisterous, spicy, blackberry, boysenberry and black olive flavours that swarm your palate. As big as it is, the tannins are dense and rich with polished edges. 

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James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

- 92 points -

August 2020

A complex meld of French oak across age, provenance and size, placating searing vinous power. This is in the throes of ageing well. Aside from tangy acidity across the back end: sage and underbrush, mingling with anise, clove and an arsenal of saturated dark fruits.

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