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.
A Blewitt Springs site, planted in 1999. The name is derived from a rare type of rose named after a beauty of ancient China, planted at the site. Oh dear! Thankfully, the wine is good. Very good, in that salubrious theatre of manicured tannins, preened oak and plucked fruit. An unashamed behemoth, boasting power and precision. Admirably, the regional chord of maritime salinity and black olive-doused tannins is palpable. The varietal persona of verdant herb and currant, forceful. The finish, convincing. Drink to: 2033; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
Magnificently fruited and immensely complex, showing cassis, cigar, cedar, clove and floral aromas on the nose, leading to a powerful yet graceful palate offering outstanding depth and multi-layered mouthfeel. Brilliantly structured by loads of fine chalky tannins, it's seamless and lingering with layers of delectable flavours. Tasted: December 2020; At its best: 2024 to 2043; Rating: 98 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
98 Points & Top Of Category - Winestate Magazine
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