Try a Petit Verdot wine if you like Zinfandel.
Overview of the Petit Verdot wine varietal
An intensely purple coloured, full bodied wine with a tonne of black fruit flavours and floral aromas. Great tannin structure and body makes it a powerful blending grape.
Why we like the Petit Verdot varietal, grape and wine
- Petit Verdot is a monster on it’s own with blueberry and vanilla notes and strong tannins, but it also adds so much for so little in Bordeaux and other blends.
How to pronounce Petit Verdot:
Flavours and aromas of Petit Verdot wines
- Fruit: blackberry, black cherry, blueberry jam,
- Floral: violets, lilac, lavender
- Herbal: sage, dried herbs
- Other: smoke, earth, cacao, baking spices, vanilla,
Foods that go well with Petit Verdot wine – varietal pairings
- Manchego cheese
- Lamb, esp with mint sauce or rosemary
- Mushroom risotto
- hearty stews (esp lamb)
Just Wine Tip
Decant Petit Verdot before serving!
Where are Petit Verdot grapes grown?
Old World Petit Verdot Regions
- Bordeaux, France
New World Petit Verdot Regions
- Washington & California, USA
- South Africa
Interesting facts about Petit Verdot wine
You only need about 2% of Petit Verdot in a blend to make a big difference in the colour and flavour intensity of a wine.
Other names for the Petit Verdot varietal include
Verdot, Petit Verdot Noir, Verdot Rouge
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