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Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. The Johnston family arrived in South Australia in 1839 and in 1892 Alexander, the tenth of thirteen children, purchased 97 hectares of rich farmland southeast of the then fledgling village of McLaren Vale. He named his land Pirramimma, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "the moon and the stars." The vineyard soils vary from sandy, on the rise, to rich dark loam on the flat....
The wine has a lifted bouquet of black cherry, violets, pink plum and musk, enhanced by hints of cedary oak. With the concentrated palate exhibiting spicy blackberry, boysenberry, red currant and tangy Morello cherry, complemented by hints of Kalamata olive. The fine grain textured tannins, subtle oak and savoury varietal flavours are beautifully integrated in a long-sustained finish.
The exceptional 2016 vintage provided outstanding fruit quality, great colour. Varietal character, ripe tannins and length of flavour. For this twenty first Petit Verdot release fruit was selected from the Siberia, Eric’s, OTC, Jones and Katunga vineyards, each block providing its own distinctive profile.
- 92 Points -
Aromas show an assortment of dark fruit characters, with blackcurrant, blueberry and blood plum involved, toasty oak making its presence felt as well. The palate offers more berry flavours, but also some notes of dried currant, cherry liqueur and licorice. Dusty tannin stamps its authority on the finish.See detailed press review