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.
This is a serious contender for best value wine of the year. Stunning stuff and criminally under-priced. Vibrant purple in colour, this is inky and dense and full of chocolate notes and all a bit thrilling. There is a plushness here, with cassis, dark chocolate, blackberries, leather and cloves. Serious concentration, lusciousness and great length, this is powerful but balanced and focused. Attractive silky tannins here. Love this. A gorgeous wine. Has a good decade of sensational drinking ahead of it. The intensity of this wine is maintained the entire length. Are there better wines in this collection? Perhaps, but I am not sure that there are any which give the same amount of sheer pleasure. The practice is to always attempt assessing without knowing the price, so I was expecting this to be at least an $80 to $100 bottle. $25? Buy as much as will fit in your cellar. Price: $25.00; Rating: 96 Points; Ken Gargett; Wine Pilot
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