Pertaringa Belonging to the Hills Reserve Shiraz McLaren Vale 2021
The ‘Belonging to the Hills’ collection from Pertaringa/Bec Hardy reflects the meaning of ‘Pertaringa’ in the local Kaurna language, which is, as you’ve no doubt guessed, ‘belonging to the hills’. They are a seriously impressive trio and lovers of good reds will adore them all. With this Reserve, small batch open fermenters were used, before 18 months maturation in a mix of new and older French oak. Deep magenta. A rich nose, one can envisage smelling handfuls of warm earth from the region in this wine. Tobacco leaves, dark berries, licorice, leather. Good complexity and concentration, and the palate does take a step up. This is intense but so well balanced that it is almost deceptively lighter in appearance. Good line of acidity, this is obviously a finely crafted McLaren Vale Shiraz showing satiny tannins and superb length. Drink for 12 to 20 years.