96 Points | "Stunning stuff and criminally under-priced" - Ken Gargett
Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz has long held a reputation as one of Australia's most consistently brilliant red wines. Undercover Shiraz is named in recognition of McLaren Vale's history of supplying other regions with its finest red grapes - something that was done to improve the quality and richness of their wines.
The 2020 Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz is another brilliant example of McLaren Vale Shiraz; with the concentrated palate packed with blackberry, dark cherry and vibrant plum flavours. The velvety soft mouthfeel is supported by fine tannin leading to a long, juicy finish. Another superb Shiraz that is already attracting plenty of attention, at this discounted price it offers exceptional value.
"96 Points. This is a serious contender for best value wine of the year. Stunning stuff and criminally under-priced. The name gives a nod to the long history of McLaren Vale supplying top quality fruit to other regions without any recognition - labelling laws have improved that situation. This wine spent eighteen months in a mix of French and American oak, 15% of which were new. Vibrant purple in colour, this is inky, and dense, and full of chocolate notes and all a bit thrilling. There is a plushness here, with cassis, dark chocolate, blackberries, leather and cloves. Serious concentration, lusciousness and great length, this is powerful but balanced and focused with attractive silky tannins here. Love this - a gorgeous wine. Has a good decade of sensational drinking ahead of it. The intensity of this wine is maintained the entire length. Are there better wines in this collection? Perhaps, but I am not sure that there are any which give the same amount of sheer pleasure. The practice is to always attempt assessing without knowing the price, so I was expecting this to be at least an $80 to $100 bottle. $25? Buy as much as will fit in your cellar. $25. Drink: 2022 - 2032"- Ken Gargett, winepilot.com
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