An intense purple colour, this wine is rich and rounded, with elegant tannins that roll like silk off the tongue. As well as mouthwatering fruit flavours the wine also has inviting scents of vanilla and spicy black cherry.
The grape itself, Petit Verdot, originated in France’s most famous wine regions, Bordeaux. This is why it’s pronounced ‘peh-tee vur-doe’ in the traditional French manner, and it translates as ‘little green one’. The name possibly comes from the fact that the grape is late ripening, meaning that it was often picked when it was still not fully ripe – or a little green.
Petit Verdot crops up a lot in the blended wines of its homeland because of its violet aromas, sage notes and bold tannins. Because it is a reasonably bold grape, many winemakers don’t use it as a stand alone grape, preferring to mix it in small quantities with other varieties. Our Stobi version, therefore, is a wonderful chance to try this grape on its own, and discover the phenomenal flavours and depth that make it so sought after.
To serve the wine make sure it’s at a temperature of between 15-17 degrees Celsius. You may want to think about aerating it to bring out the flavours, particularly if it hasn’t been open for very long before you serve.
The wine goes very well with many red meats, cheeses and vegetable dishes, particularly those utilising spices such as sage, cumin and rosemary. If you can resist the temptation to open the bottles when you get them, the wine can be cellared for up to 5 years – just remember to keep the bottles cool and store them on their side for best results.