Pierro 'Reserve' Cabernet Merlot 2012
The stellar run of vintages since 2007, the maturity of the Cabernet vines (24 years old in 2012), and careful work in the vineyard and winery have lifted the quality of Pierro's flagship red. Mike Peterkin and his team have been working on tannin management to achieve full ripeness in the reds while restraining alcohol levels. They encourage the development of flavour compounds early in the season and this results in tannins which are ripe, fine and elegant. The components of the wine - cabernet sauvignon (63%), merlot (32%), cabernet franc (5%)- are identified in the vineyard, fermented separately, and monitored in the barrel store. The 2012 vintage has produced a Reserve Cabernet Merlot at Pierro that follows the mould of those of 2009 and 2010 yet appears to have more power, greater concentration of flavour, tighter structure and is, perhaps, more full-bodied. It has black fruit aromatics, pure blackcurrant, wild brambles and dark plum flavours, velvety texture and supple, fine tannins. It is multi-layered, shows hints of complexity and will reward time in the cellar. This is a distinguished and super – elegant Margaret River cabernet merlot . The length and aftertaste are exemplary.
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc|
James Halliday – 70% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, the remainder cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, 18 months in French barriques (60% new). Bright, clear colour; a remarkably elegant, juicy red and black berry fruit-filled wine, neither oak or tannins seeking to interfere with the fruit. One of those rare wines to be drunk now or in 20+ years. Rating 96” Halliday Wine Companion 2017
In a mixed or straight case: $75.04