Pertaringa Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


Both the length of time the wine spends maturing and the percentage of new French oak steps up here – this is serious stuff. Sourced from Bec Hardy’s own vineyard in the highly regarded Blewitt Springs sub-region in McLaren Vale and apparently the name comes from the fact that the vines share the property with a garden featuring the rare Tipsy Hill Imperial Concubine rose.  

An inky black/maroon hue at this early stage, this is a powerfully concentrated Cabernet. Leather, black fruits, boot polish, black olives and a touch of cassis. Lovely dark chocolate weaves through the flavours. There is coiled power here and powerful tannins through to a firm finish. Big and bold, it maintains its concentration through to very long finish. This has years to go, although holding off for as long as possible will give it every chance to shine. If, however, your patience is limited, you’ll still find lots to love.