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DogRidge MVP Petit Verdottext

DogRidge MVP Petit Verdot 2014

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaDogRidge's sustainably farmed vineyards are home to some of the oldest vines in McLaren Vale, with 60+ year-old shiraz, grenache and cabernet sauvignon growing on their McLaren Flat site. MVP is their Most Valuable Player and the pinnacle of the winery. This Petit Verdot hasn't been made since 2005. With 10% whole bunch, this was natively fermented with extended skin contact and spent six months in new French oak before being racked to older barrels. It remains in wood for around two years before bottling. Smoked stones, crushed violets, boysenberry compote, and licorice work through a muscular palate, with grippy tannins still quite present, though now thankfully somewhat absorbed into the fruit, a decade on. There's a swell of acidity to raise this chewy wine through a lingering spiced finish. One to enjoy now with roasted meats.Tasted: 07 July 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: DogRidge Wine CompanyDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Petit Verdot