Pertaringa Rifle & Hunt Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


Before one starts thinking that this has been made for the NRA, the name is far more prosaic. The Pertaringa property sits at the corner of Rifle Range and Hunt Roads in McLaren Vale, not that the occasional conspiracy theory ever hurt sales! The wine spent twenty months in French oak, 30% of which was new. Dark maroon. The nose offers notes of dry herbs, bay leaves, spices, licorice, leather, bell peppers and blackberries. For me, not quite as refined as the Understudy but some will prefer this. The tannins are slightly more furry and gritty than with the Understudy. Certainly has great promise, will improve over the coming years so a decade will not trouble this wine.