In 1980, Geoff Hardy left the then family company, Thomas Hardy & Sons, to make his own way in the Australian wine world. The same year, he established Pertaringa and since then the Pertaringa vineyards in the foothills behind McLaren Vale have continued to produce some of the region's finest wines. The soils are enriched from the hills above and the cooler climate, further tempered by the sea breezes off St Vincent's Gulf, sets the scene for high quality wine grapes.
Rifle and Hunt sounds like the beginning of a tale from an early hunting expedition, but the story is really not that complicated. It’s more like directions rather than a name, with the Pertaringa property being on the corner of Rifle Range and Hunt Roads in McLaren Vale!
A magnificent expression; the gorgeously lifted bouquet shows creme de cassis, dark cherry, vanilla and cedar characters with nuances of tobacco and spice. The palate delivers succulent fruit intensity and excellent concentration, wonderfully framed by fine texture and supple tannins. Generous and flavoursome with a proper structure for graceful development. Drink: Now to 2027. Price: $40.00; Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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