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.
The Undercover Shiraz is named in recognition of McLaren Vale’s history of supplying other regions with our finest red grapes. Known as the mid palate of Australia, McLaren Vale fruit is well regarded for its ability to improve the quality and richness of wines from other regions.
The Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz 2019 has tended to fly a little under the radar but that won't be the case for much longer with wines of this value on offer from the McLaren Vale operation. As the temperatures start to drop, a few bottles of medium-bodied, soft dry red are essential in every cellar. This is a versatile drink; soft, smooth and pleasingly complex with plum and berry flavours to the fore, a hint of spice and a dash of sass. French and American oak adds to a very pleasing overall package for $25.00. Winsor Dobbin; Winsor's Choice
Upfront and fabulously styled, the fragrant bouquet shows black/blueberry, vanillin oak, cake spice and cocoa notes, leading to a wonderfully flavoursome palate delivering splendid weight and persistency. It's richly textured and mouthfilling with a lengthy velvety finish. Alcohol: 15%; At its best: Now to 2032. Price: $25.00; Rating: 94 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Big peppery fruit lift to the nose with light floral nuances. Good weight and length of bright crunchy spicy peppery fruit flavours with a very good tannin structure. Savoury meaty/licorice nose with similar characters echoed on the generous and nicely structured palate. Attractive red and dark plum fruit, supporting oak, some exotic spiciness and soft approachable tannins. Price: $25.00; Rating: 93-94 Points; Winestate Magazine
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