The more I taste Petit Verdot on it’s own, the more I am convinced it is one if not, THE Bordeaux red variety best suited to South African growing conditions and three producers have consistently impresses me with their offerings, The Mentors by KWV is ahead of the pack, simply world class, followed by this particular vintage of Pella, from a 7 years old single vineyard offering with a low cropping of 3.5 tons per hectare, hardly commercial, even their previous vintage was equally fine, but current release 2012 is substantially more refined, savory and focus with brighter purity of fruit and less extraction and better integration of oak, considering it’s 18 months sojourn and last but not least Nabygelegen makes a rather chunky Petit Verdot when it’s young which really need about 4 years to blossom and turn out into a red wine with lots of character.
Seek it out this winter, but those patient enough will be rewarded with many years of drinking pleasure ahead.
Alcohol: high | 14 %abv
Notes: dark plums | blueberries| cassis | rosemary | spicy
Ideal drinking occasions: winter time
Serve with: oxtail stew
Drink: now until 2024+