Pirramimma ACJ Cabernet Blend 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
“Pirramimma is a stand out and very popular here at Vinomofo. This vintage is an exceptional one, showing power, structure and very alluring flavours.” - John, Head of Buying
Pirramimma doesn’t produce this wine every year, opting only to do so in exceptional vintages. It’s named to honour Alexander Campbell Johnston, the founder of Pirramimma who planted his first vines nearly 125 years ago. There’s some serious attention to detail in the winemaking before two years of ageing in a mix of new and old French oak. It’s a big, yet structured wine expressing a nose of blackberry, violets, morello cherry and black olives. The palate continues the cherry characteristic, complemented by boysenberry, musk and licorice. The tannin is ripe, providing a sustained finish and graceful ageing for 15 years. ACJ is a man worth honouring and this is a wine up to that task.
“This is basically opaque. Gloriously fragrant, there is coiled power here, but that can’t hide the alluring aromas and flavours – dark chocolate, vanilla bean, blackberries, mocha and coffee bean notes. Cloves and olives too. Power yes, but so well balanced that an elegance pervades throughout. Immaculate oak integration with real focus and balance. This wine has the silkiest tannins of all the wines in the range. This is a cracker in every sense.”
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- McLaren Vale
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 83% Cabernet 17% Petit Verdot
- Serving Temp.
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.