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Petit verdot red wine variety

The forgotten variety of Bordeaux

So why is Petit Verdot the poor of cousin of the Bordeaux varieties?

In a way the answer lies in the vineyard, not the winery. This variety ripens later than the others and in Bordeaux, its traditional home, it may not ripen at all or produce such poor quality fruit as not to be worth the effort.

In good years though, late ripening is the very attribute proves that nurturing the ugly duckling can pay off. It produces well coloured concentrated wines with a range of flavours, with violets being a common adjective used to describe its unique character.

In Bordeaux it is used as a minor component (usually less than about five percent) of blends, rarely made in to varietal wine.

Late ripening is the problem for this variety in Bordeaux, but it is an advantage in other regions.  Outside France there are significant plantings in Australia, Chile, South Africa, Spain and the US.

Petit verdot in Australia

The potential for Petit Verdot in Australia is being talked up by some of its enthusiasts. This variety is very suitable in such areas as the Barossa and McLaren Vale, a well as in most wine regions of inland Australia. As a late ripening grape it will not be successful in cooler regions, but watch out for new wines from South Australia, the irrigated districts and the far northern districts.

Like in Bordeaux this variety is mainly used in blends with one or more of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

The Australian tradition producing one hundred percent varietals is putting the acid test on Petit Verdot. There seemed to be quite a few wineries producing varietal Petit Verdot about a decade ago, but it is less common now.

The characters to look for in varietal wines are its intense colours, the wonderful fragrant nose, rich flavours and soft tannins. they are also much better with a few years of bottle age.

Mount Burrumboot Estate in the Heathcote region make an exceptional varietal Petit VerdotMount Burrumboot Estate in the Heathcote region make an exceptional Varietal Petit Verdot

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