MadFish Petit Verdot
A delightfully named variety, Petit Verdot, ‘Petit’ for the small sized berries and ‘Verdot’ meaning ‘green one’ referring to its occasional difficulty in ripening. One of Bordeaux’s classic grape varieties, Petit Verdot is prized for its colour, structure and lovely scent. Due to these qualities it is generally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to add richness. In these Bordeaux blends it plays a minor role as small portions are grown due to the cool weather and its late ripening nature. However in the warmer climes of California, Spain and Australia plantings of it are increasing as it gains notoriety as a stand-alone varietal.
Our Petit Verdot was planted in our Margaret River, Willyabrup, Leston vineyard in 2000. Generally blended into our Cabernet Sauvignons, the 2019 harvest of Petit Verdot was exceptional and therefore we have bottled the entire pick as a single vineyard varietal.
Once harvested, the grapes were then fermented in stainless steel tanks with traditional pump-overs carried out each day to aid fruit and tannin development. The parcels of fruit were then pressed to French oak barriques for 12 months maturation to encourage wine development and structural complexity. The use of French oak allowed for the integration of dusty savoury tannins.
This deep purple wine bursts with soft, floral aromas of violets, and dark cherry and blackberry fruits. A full bodied wine with an earthy base, the palate is rich, generous and lengthy with sensual waves of dark mulberry, blackberry and plum fruit flavour. A variety of contrasts – bold tannins that are ripe and inviting, an intensity of fruit, and yet a delicacy of flavours tingling on the palate.
Petit Verdot pairs beautifully with all kinds of meat, particularly lamb and game, or serve alongside roasted field mushrooms topped with pecorino.
Enjoy now or over the next 3 to 5 years.