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.
This is brimming with dark fruit intensity, chocolate tart, clove and pepper spice characters, gorgeously complemented by lavish texture and seamlessly integrated tannins. Gutsy and imposing yet stylish and gracious with an impressively prolonged silky finish. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Drink: 2024 to 2044; Price: $100.00; Rating: 97 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Named in tribute to the Clydesdales which worked the vineyard in the early days, and which are now buried in that very vineyard. Also, a tribute to Louise Johnston’s grandfather (the Johnston family have owned the estate for 129 years) who fought with the 9th Light Horse Brigade in Northern Africa in the First World War, an entirely South Australian force which brought their own horses with them. From their contoured, low trellis vineyard, which provides tiny yields of concentrated, quality fruit, this wine continues the very proud tradition that previous War Horses have established.
Effectively opaque, there are lashings of ripe dark fruits, blackberries, leather, black olives, cloves, spices, cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate and espresso notes. Finely balanced, soft tannins and exhibiting oak which is extremely well integrated. This has a future as long as you might care to cellar it, but worth trying one (although good luck keeping your hands off the rest after that). Seamless and cuddly soft, this is a delicious McLaren Vale shiraz and not to be missed. 96 (and room to rise). Drink: 2023 to 2032; Price: $100.00; Rating: 96 Points; Ken Gargett; Wine Pilot
Deep, dark and brooding fruit aromas, plenty of stewed satsuma plums, dried herbs, menthol and dark chocolate. Full and focused flavours of plum, dark cherry, cola and brambly spice. The tannins are firm and give the wine impressive structure and poise and the acidity has brightness and corrals the plush fruit nicely. Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Drink: 2021 to 2036; Price: $100.00; Rating: 95 Points; Aaron Brasher; Wine Orbit
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