Murray Darling, NSW/VIC
13.8%, screwcap, non-organic, around $25
Deep purple. The delightful bouquet showed scents of plum, clove and violets. The palate was tight and focused with juicy intriguing fruit that was slightly sour edged (but pleasantly so), dancing with refreshing acidity and finishing with grippy tannins. There is American oak in the background. Great texture. Light to medium bodied - 93.
This Petit Verdot is from a 'small' producer located in the Hunter Valley. They have quite a large range of wines, which include some of the Hunter Valley classics, such as Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay. They also produce a range of alternative varieties, such as Sangiovese and Tempranillo. Their 2008 Gewurztraminer is the best I have ever had of the variety. Sadly, the 2008 Gewurztraminer and Petit Verdot are both sold out, but they both deserved a mention.