Californian wines seem to be right on trend at present with drinkers embracing the bold styles that ooze with ripeness and easy drinkability. Petite Sirah (known as Durif in Australia) really suits the warm Californian climate and this delicious example from Matchbook is a real crowd pleaser packed full of big and juicy dark fruits layered with earth and spice and vanilla oak. Intensity meets generosity with load of flavour and drink me appeal.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Petite Sirah grown in the Dunnigan Hills produces the full-bodied, well-structured wine expected from this distinct varietal. This deeply coloured red wine delivers on the aromatics: lots of sweet, brambly blackberry and saddle leather. The flavours are an intense mix of boysenberry, plum and blackberry jam, vanilla spice and nutmeg. The grape’s natural juiciness is mouth filling and a nice counter point to the dense tannins."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Powerfully rich and brooding, the wine shows dark fruit intensity on the nose with cocoa, cedar, roast meat and cake spice aromas. It’s sumptuous and dense in the mouth delivering silky texture and firm tannins, finishing sturdy and robust. At its best: now to 2030."
93/100 & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast (2020 Vintage)
"Massive black-fruit flavours meet massive tannins in this mouth-puckering, palate-drenching wine. It oozes deep flavours of dark chocolate, black pepper and blackberry. It’s a great value for those who appreciate Petite Sirah. Best from 2026."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Aromas of black currant and black pepper, dark baking spices of oak and clay, some cassis and olive, vanilla and sweet oak. Youthful, fruit-centric and high energy. Dry on the palate with flavours that mirror the bouquet, firm-ish tannins and medium+ acidity. Balanced and well made with a lengthy salivating finish. A great food wine, ready to drink from 2022 through 2028+."