This was a bit of an angry man upon opening. Stern and firm in appearance - you know the one. After nearly an hour in the glass, the jacket comes off and the tie slightly loosened but the tension certainly still there.
This Petit Verdot comes from a single Mudgee vineyard perched 660m above. Rylstone is a sub-region of Mudgee. Sitting 160m higher than the Mudgee township, a cooler and longer ripening period saw the fruit harvested six weeks later to fruit in the Mudgee Valley.
Vigneron Jorg Gartelmann says this Petit Verdot is, "Fleshy yet dense, bold and powerful." Yep, he's not wrong there.
Black fruit, char, dusty black earth makes its way into the nose too. Blackcurrant shoulders its way forward before sitting at ease at the top of the pile. Dusty feels through the mouth, it's a spicy sucker too. Generous and then some, what seems a spray of spice coats the palate seeing through a long finish. A cool night and a beef stew will be perfect partners.
Decant before drinking and it will kick on comfortably for a decade.
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