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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 Kirsch cherries, violets, boysenberry and cedary oak. With the palate exhibiting spicy blackberry, musk, tangy morello cherry and Santa Rosa plum, complemented by hints of blueberry and Kalamata olive. The fine grain textured tannins, subtle oak and savoury varietal flavours are beautifully integrated in a long sustained finish.
The mature Petit Verdot vines relished the exceptional 2014 vintage, producing a broad spectrum of excellent flavours. For this elegant wine we selected fruit from the Siberia, OTC and Katunga vineyards, each block providing its own distinctive profile.
- 94 Points -
Dense crimson-purple; Pirramimma has some of the oldest petit verdot plantings in Aus, if not the oldest. This has relaxed power, with layer upon layer of dark berry fruits interleaved with ripe tannins, oak a minor player. Has time on its side, but no issue if enjoyed now rather than later.See detailed press review