We are celebrating Petit Verdot, here at Cape Grace. This late ripening, thick skinned variety produces wines with plentiful colour and tannins and is renown for having floral aromas of violet.
We have put together a vertical tasting pack of this specialty variety containing a trio of our finest. Petit verdot can be a loud, rambunctious wine that may well softened with age and this pack is designed to highlight this along with the characteristic and personality of the variety. The nuances imparted due to our special vineyard site and each individual season are woven seamlessly into each bottle.
With stock sourced from the Museum , the limited edition pack contains:
1 x 750ml 2016 Cape Grace Petit Verdot
1 x 750ml 2017 Cape Grace Petit Verdot
1 x 750ml 2018 Cape Grace Petit Verdot
Tasting notes will be included for your information.
With all the hard work of cellaring done for you, all that is left to do is to enjoy!
Viticulture: The vineyard is grown naturally using organic biological principals. Employing seaweed and fish emulsion foliar fertilisers plus elemental sulphur and copper sprays for disease prevention. Nothing is wasted, grape must is composted, mulched and mixed with manures then returned to the vineyard floor. Cover crops of clover, peas and rye grass are grown between the vines which provide nitrogen and green mulch. Canopy management is vital, hedging and leaf plucking are used to control exposure to sunlight and further our effort to deliver perfectly ripe, balanced grapes to the winery.
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, destemmed and placed in two
open fermenters. Inoculated with a neutral yeast and the cap plunged up to four times a day, by hand. After 10 days the wine was kept on extended skins for a further ten days. Then the wine was drained, and the must basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of one and two year old French barriques, then left to mature for 10 months. Blended and bottled July the following year.
Colour: Deep, dark violet with purple blue hues.
Bouquet: Inviting ripe dark blackberries and red fruits, with violets and the lifted notes of seductive Satsuma plums. A touch of warm spice completes the introduction.
Palate: The palate is a reflection of the bouquet with dense, ripe, red and dark berry fruits dominating. Violets and juicy plums are enveloped with lingering fine tannins.
Harvest: 3rdh April 2017
Technical Data: Alc. 14.4% pH 3.5 TA 6.1 g/l
Production:50 dozen / 600 bottles
Vintage:Flowering and fruit set in October and November indicated fantastic yields and our loamy soils benefited from rains in December which promoted excellent growth and lush canopies. January and February were cool without the 40°C heat spikes and this assisted steady ripening, producing bright white acids, aromatics and good flavours. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles and natural acidity. An outstanding white vintage with good yields. The reds also benefited from the cooler ripening with better colour development and riper, softer tannins. VintageRating 9/10
2017 PETIT VERDOT
Colour: Deep, dark violet with purple hues.
Bouquet: An intriguing mix of ripe red fruits, blueberries and the perfumed aromas of violets. Satsuma plums and light black cherries intertwine with a delicate hint of nutmeg and oriental spices.
Palate: The palate is a spirited mix of red berry fruits, lilac, plums and a whisper of aromatic herbs. Encased in a web of fine tannins.
Harvest: 18th April 2017
Technical Data: Alc. 14.6% pH 3.5 TA 6.1 g/l
Production:45 dozen / 540 bottles
Vintage: The spring of 2016 was much cooler and wetter and this combined with the cooler conditions in early 2017 have seen Vintage 2017 be a more traditional Margaret River vintage. The yields for most white varieties were strong and harvest began later in February continuing well into March capturing the bright, fragrant aromas. The slower ripening has resulted in excellent flavour profiles.Vintage Rating 8/10
2016 PETIT VERDOT
Colour: Rich and dark in the glass, deep purple with violet hues.
Bouquet: Abundant dark fruits of the forest, with an overlay of red berries and violets. Succulent plums mingle with delicate spices.
Palate: Enticing blackberry pastille flavours, succulent and juicy on the palate. Ripe red berry fruits uplift and offer a lively crunch. Fine silky tannins complete the picture.
Harvest: 7th April 2016
Technical Data: Alc. 14.5% pH 3.5 TA 6.1 g/l
Production:50 dozen / 600 bottles
Vintage: Margaret River vineyards produced lower than expected grape yields across all varieties in vintage 2016. The cause can be traced back to adverse weather conditions that affected primordial
bud formation, followed by a-typical cool and unsettled conditions in November and December 2015 which impacted flowering and fruit set. Winter was warmer than usual. Disease pressure was minimal, although birds such as Silver Eyes were a problem due to the delayed blossoming of marri flowers, so the vineyard was netted. Once again, the quality was exceptional in all varieties.
Vintage Rating 9/10