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!
Offering terrific fruit purity and power, this tremendous cabernet shows cassis, blueberry compote, tobacco, cedar and violet aromas on the nose, followed by a weighty palate that's focused and persistent. It's superbly structured by fine chalky tannins, finishing wonderfully long and expansive. Great line and length. Alcohol: 15%; Drink: Now to 2033. Price: $40.00; Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Understated chocolaty nose with hints of ripe plums. The palate has both power and elegance with flavours of chocolate, plums and olives with tight polished tannins. May June 2021; Price: $40.00; Rating: 95-96 Points; Winestate Magazine
Great varietal definition to the nose of blueberries, plums and chocolate. Firm well structured, super ripe palate with dark fruit flavours. Cabernet and blends $45-50. Price: $40.00; Rating: 95-96 Points & Finalist Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year; Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year Awards
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