2018 PIERRO CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT 'RESERVE'
2018 Pierro Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Grown in one of the best Margaret River vintages in a generation. Parcels of fruit are handpicked from the north facing slopes of Pierro property in Willyabrup. Each block features unique high-density narrow rows on rocky soil that slope down to the Willyabrup Brook. All vines are mature (over 30 years old), low yielding, with the canopy pruned so the fruit rests close to the earth. This leads to a lower quantity of higher quality, balanced fruit on each vine rich in concentration and flavour. All vineyard parcels are situated within 3km of the coast and are influenced by the maritime climate and fresh, pure ocean sea breezes prevalent during the growing season.
The fruit for this wine is handpicked over a 10 day period between late March and early April. All grapes are handpicked, chilled then both bunch and berry sorted by hand. What remains is a black caviar appearence to the resulting berries. The grapes are fermented in open fermenters, plunged by hand three times per day, with a portion left to macerate for between 30-40 days to enhance structure and flavour. 70% of the wine is matured in new French oak for a period of 18 months which has resulted in additional complexity and structure as well as helping soften the tannins. This is a 10 barrel blend of the best quality red fruit that Pierro grows from the oldest Cabernet vines on the property.
This wine was vintaged from four different varieties, each making a distinctive contribution. Cabernet Sauvignon - provides power and longevity 82.6%
Merlot -adds richness and opulance 15.4%
Cabernet Franc- fragrance and delicacy 1%
Petit Verdot - structure and complexity 1%
A smooth, rich fullbodied red wine. With flavours of blackberry, mulberry, blackcurrant, plum and spice. Graceful and sophisticated fine tannins providing both incredible structure and length. Best served with Margaret River beef cooked over coals.
Chopin Concerto No.1 Second Movement
For the love of this glorious piece of music more than anything else .
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Reserve
Mea Culpa. I most often think of Pierro as a Chardonnay producer, first and foremost, which is kind of counter-intuitive given they are situated in the heart of Willyabrup.
Nice style of wine here. Not showy, not overly tannic, more a smooth ride of ripe red fruits, biscuit oak, a little wafer of choc-mint. Medium-bodied, good flavour, mainly in the red fruit zone, a light honey sheen and glycerol feel, even flow and easy charm, yet a bit more than that too. Finish is good, nice and long, with an under-stated but confident feel. Excellent. More your subtle claret style, I reckon.
94 points, Gary Walsh
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Reserve
Pierro’s Michael Peterkin rows his own boat, as the style of his flagship red consistently indicates. Compare it with Moss Wood, Cullen or Leeuwin Estate and it appears to have little resemblance. The colour is relatively light, medium-depth ruby with the faintest tint of purple, while the bouquet is mellow and complex, subtle and well-rounded, with great harmony of mossy undergrowth aromas with cedar, tobacco and mellow red and blue fruits. There’s a delicious fruit sweetness at the heart of the wine, the tannins fine and supple, perfectly judged to cleanse and dry the finish and add to its prodigious length. It’s great drinking now, and for many years to come. A beautiful wine.
97/100 Huon Hooke The Real Review