Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. Winemaking at Pirramimma has been a family affair for over 126 years and is now in the capable hands of Geoff Johnston, a winemaking graduate of Charles Sturt University, grandson of the winery’s founder.
The bouquet displays briary blackberry, violets, Morello Cherry and Kalamata olive with hints of subtle cedary oak and black plum. On the palate intense black cherry and boysenberry are complemented by hints of musk and liquorice, all enveloped in fine grained savoury French oak. The wine has a beautifully integrated seam of ripe tannin and a long sustained finish. Aerate extensively to drink now or will age gracefully with correct cellaring.
Previous vintages have been a blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and petit verdot. This latest incarnation is 83% cabernet from the contoured Basket Wave vineyard and 17% petit verdot from the Katunga vineyard. This is basically opaque. Gloriously fragrant, there is coiled power here, but that can’t hide the alluring aromas and flavours – dark chocolate, vanilla bean, blackberries, mocha and coffee bean notes. Cloves and olives too. Power yes, but so well balanced that an elegance pervades throughout. Immaculate oak integration with real focus and balance. This wine has the silkiest tannins of all the wines in the range. This is a cracker in every sense. Drink: 2024 to 2035; Price: $100.00; Alcohol: 14.6%; Rating: 97 Points; Ken Gargett; Wine Pilot
A magnificent multi-layered offering with crème de cassis, toasty oak, subtle tobacco, smoky bacon and cake spice aromas on the nose. It’s meticulously structured and concentrated, beautifully enhanced by seductive complexity, leading to an immensely long, sophisticated finish. A blend of 83% cabernet sauvignon & 17% petite verdot. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $100.00; Drink: 2024 to 2044; Rating: 97 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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