March 18, 2024

Pierro LTCf 

Who makes it?

Pierro LTCf is the ‘Little Touch of Cabernet Franc’ red blend. Being from Australia’s Margaret River region, it is unsurprising that this is a Cabernet Sauvignon led Bordeaux blend. The Margaret River does Bordeaux blends very well. Pierro is the label of Dr Michael Peterkin, one of Margaret River’s medical doctor turned wine grower/maker. Interestingly, Peterkin has been credited as making one of the first Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon blanc blends. Winelovers may know SSB blends better as Bordeaux white blends. The white partner of this particular wine is LTC which is a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend with a small amount of Chardonnay added. And the LTC is a wine that is very worthy of being in your cellar.

The Pierro vineyards started to be planted in 1980 and the first grape varieties were Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir. The vines for LTCf were planted between 1988 and 1998. This vine age and low yield gives the LTCf concentration while retaining its elegance.

How do they make it?

The Pierro vineyards are in the Willyabrup Valley. This is just kilometres from the famed Margaret River coast of Western Australia.  The blend is over half Cabernet Sauvignon with over a quarter Merlot. Next comes between 7-8% Cabernet Franc. Finally, the rest is Malbec and Petit Verdot in even smaller quantities. The wine spends around 12 months on new (10%) and seasoned French oak. 

What does it taste like?

These Pierro LTCf wines are released with some age on them already. So they are already to drink on release. The oak regime is very carefully done to make sure that the wine is smooth in youth, but that exuberant fruit is still vibrant. The aromas of blackcurrant, plum and dried garden herbs is melded with cinnamon, earth and chocolate. 

This is a fuller bodied red that has shapely tannins. It finishes long and of spicy fruit. It is really rather more-ish.

What to drink it with?

The LTCf is a good match with something like venison sausages, or roast beef. Indeed, a slow cooked tomato based beef and pancetta stew served with filo pastry topping and sesame seeds would be superb!

Cheese

Hard mature cheese such as cheddar, Manchego, comte and an aged gouda would be the first choice. You might even find that it matches with a bit of blue. Certainly any truffle flavoured cheese.

Quickie review « Classic Margaret River Bordeaux blend that keeps on delivering that is well worth your time. Easy to drink now, or keep it. »

Country of Origin:  Margaret River, Australia
Tasting Date: 
January 2024
Price:  AU$44 | UK £27.5
Drink: now – 7+ years 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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