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PETIT VERDOT

Petit Verdot is a red grape that was traditionally reserved as a minor blending grape in the world famous Bordeaux wine blend. However, as the grape has spread to warmer climates, winemakers have realized that Petit Verdot can make intensely bold, fruity-yet-floral, red wines that can and do easily stand on their own. Petit Verdot is a late-ripening grape, and this might be the primary reason why it never really had any sort of resurgence until recently. In France, where it originates, the seasons were too short to fully ripen the tannins found in the seeds and skins. This would lead to a wine with bitter-tasting or “green” flavors and thus, winemakers chose to use it in very small amounts, just to add color to wines. Most red blends from Bordeaux only use about 1–2% Petit Verdot, if any at all. However, as the popularity of the Bordeaux blend spread around the world and into places like Spain, California, and Australia, the grape behaved differently! In cooler climates like in France, Petit Verdot usually offers flavors of dried herbs and tart blueberry or unripe blackberry. In warmer climates like in Spain, Petit Verdot will often have flavors of blueberry sauce, jamminess, and candied violets.

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  1. Glenmore Petit Verdot 2009

    The Glenmore Petit Verdot is by accomplished wine maker Ian Bell who was for many years was the force behind the iconic, super-premium Moss Wood wines - the Margaret River's most sought after wine label.

    This Petit Verdot from Ian's own Glenmore Estate is a (very) full bodied red with an amazing perfumed aroma followed by delicious, rich & succulent fruit. If you are looking for a "big" wine to accompany grilled meats, then this Petit Verdot is perfect.

    100% Petit Verdot matured for 2 years in French oak. Totally opaque inky black colour with a very dark red hue. Lifted ripe blackcurrant aromas are intermixed with traces of dark chocolate & liquorice with some cedar, earth and spice. Full bodied, dark & rich on the palate with sumptuous flavours of ripe blackcurrant & liquorice & a firm dryish finish from a robust tannin structure. Excellent depth with a  very long aftertaste.

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  2. Ch. de Cazanove Bordeaux Superieur 2014

    This Superb Bordeaux Superieur of 12 ha is located between Château Siran, Château Dauzac (5th Growth) and the River Gironde. The family de Cazenove decided to replant this old estate that was frozen in 1956. They selected the best parcels of  Alluvium soil where they planted Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc on rootstocks adapted to the soil. A deep understanding of local traditions, dedicated work and high quality requirements allowed reaching maturity and an excellent plant level. This vintage is characterized by fragrances of ripe raspberries and a gorgeously dense structure, ample and long in mouth

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  3. Craneford 'John Zilm' Petit Verdot 2003 (1500ml Magnum)

    86pts – Wine Enthusiast

    "Dense with roasted, grapy fruit on the nose. On the palate, grape & blueberry notes prevail. Somewhat sour, with pronounced acids. Finishes with black pepper." – Wine Enthusiast

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  4. Craneford 'John Zilm' Petit Verdot 2002 (1500ml Magnum)

    92pts - Robert Parker - 'The Wine Advocate'

    "Petit Verdot can rarely stand on its own, but Craneford’s 2002 is an inky/blue/purple-colored offering displaying notes of incense, liquid minerals, black fruits, & damp earth. Dense, chewy, & enormous in the mouth, ..... this stunning wine looks to be one of the finest Petit Verdots I have ever tasted" - Robert Parker

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