Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pertaringa 2009 Tannat

Tannat (the only palindromic grape variety with which I am familiar) is common in the south-west of France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees principally, where it is used as both a stand-alone variety and in red blends, and also in Uruguay, where it is the most common wine grape. McLaren Vale winery Pertaringa is excited about late-ripening tannat's potential in that warm region and this is certainly an impressive wine; a powerful, tannic offering (as is typical with tannat). It is deep purple in colour with ripe, dark berry fruit flavours and chocolate and earthy characters, toasty vanillin oak and fine-grained tannins. A wine of power and structure that will cellar well and would certainly benefit from decanting. $30.


blads said...

I lurve Tannat :)

Not bored in Bordeaux! said...

Interesting to see an aussie tannat. Given the grpae flourishes in the south west of France it makes sense that the variety should do well here.