Why Pertaringa Undressed I hear you ask – well last weekend was the first time I am aware of that Pertaringa had all the cleanskins that they have available for tasting at their cellar door
The cleanskins were a range from 3 areas – McLaren Vale (of course), Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills. Pertaringa is now 100% owned by Geoff Hardy, who also owns the K1 complex in the Adelaide Hills plus a significant vineyard in Langhorne Creek. This vineyard includes planting of many alternate or maybe better in calling them emerging varieties. It seems that Geoff Hardy is putting his passion into continuous improvement into practice.
Sure these wines will not win medals but there was a number of happy faces at the tasting thinking out the value for money.
The full list of wines and carton prices were:-
2010 McLaren Vale Riesling ($A85)
The lime and citrus peel that the variety usually provides – softer in acid than my palate demands.
2010 Limestone Coast Verdelho ($A85)
Peachy and watermelon notes. A bargin quoffer.
2011 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc ($A95)
Floral, tropical notes with some fresh grass. A big yes for the Sauvy drinkers out there.
2011 Langhorne Creek Rousanne ($A120)
My pick of the whites – aromas that we’re flowers wrapped in bacon and the flavors of stone fruit with a hint of sherbet.
2011 Adelaide Hills Rose ($A95)
Made from Merlot and smelt of the non-chocolate part of a cherry ripe. It was a bit sweet but the acid levels madesure the sugar was washed away with each mouthful.
2007 Langhorne Creek Ruby Cabernet ($A80)
Smokey plums with soft but drying tannins. A softer everyday drinking style.
2005 Pertaringa Reserve Shiraz ($A160)
Past it’s best.
2006 Premium Cabernet Tempranillo ($A150)
Earthyness and forest floor of the Tempranillo mixed with the berries of the Cabernet. A lively blend that was the surprise of the red wines.
2008 Shiraz Cabernet ($A85)
Good everyday drinking with violets and berries (including blackcurrents). Again the acid levels are hear that gives the wine some body.
2010 Limestone Coast Shiraz ($A95)
Juicy plums with not a lot of tannins.
2009 Shiraz Viognier ($A110)
There was a little lift from the Viognier but it was not overdone. For those that like a little white in their reds then give this a try.
2009 Premium McLaren Vale Shiraz ($A110)
A bit of a step up from the other Shiraz wines. A Shiraz one could drink anytime.
2007 Petit Verdot ($A95)
Plums with a violet chaser. Good tannins and balance.
2009 Premium McLaren Vale Petit Verdot ($A110)
Worth the extra money! We should show this wine to more people so they understand wines from this variety. Plums, blackcurrents with a hint of florals. Softer than I expected and I believe it would surprise a few people.