Pertaringa Rifle & Hunt McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


For those concerned that the NRA might be setting up branches in McLaren Vale, fear not. The name comes from the vineyard which is located on the corner of Rifle Range and Hunt Roads. This is a stunning vintage and we can expect many very fine wines from it over the next few years. This one spent 19 months in French hogsheads, 20% new. Inky black/maroon in colour, it is an earthy, slightly edgy style with notes of cloves, bay leaves, black fruits, spices, animal hides and woodsmoke. Seamless in style with good intensity throughout, there are very fine tannins here. This has a decade ahead of it and, while enjoyable now, I have no doubt that it will merit a higher score in the years to come.