Rob Hall Yarra Valley Petit Verdot 2015


What a wonderful expression of the 5th wheel of Bordeaux. From a great site and crafted by a great winemaker.

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Rob was looking for Malbec and couldn’t get any so he ended up with some Petit Verdot to do the job. I for one am happy it has happened that way. This is amazing. Dense, curranty, clean and really pleasing to drink. It sits in both the ‘shamelessly sessional’ camp and the ‘will please a winewanker’ camp too. It has complexity and vibrancy as well as a moreishness (yet making up words to describe just how good this is). Drink in over the next few years at BBQs and your fav BYOs.

Rob Hall has done some magical things when it comes to wine. He’s worked at big and small places making outstanding quality wines. Most notably he has worked at Mount Mary and Kellybrook. He has also been making wines under his own label sourced from his family vineyard near Healesville and local fruit. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the main wines here, both are made for younger drinking, offering great quality and value. Further releases of interesting parcel sourced from around the Yarra will only add to his legend.

Yarra Valley

A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.

Petit Verdot

Often the fifth wine on the depth chart of Bordeaux’s magical quintet. In the great years it is an amazing variety to work with, but often in the great years it is not needed. It can add body, structure and acidity but lacks some charm for a single variety wine. But in the hands of a skillful blender it can really lift a wine or in some cases, a particular site can make Petit Verdot sing a song like no other.

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