Happs Three Hills 2018 Petit Verdot – Margaret River

Happs Three Hills 2018 Petit Verdot

“Pee-tee Vur-doe ” is how you pronounce the red wine grape. Petite Verdot. It’s commonly found in Bordeaux where winemakers add it to blends to enhance the colour, tannin and floral aromas in a wine. However it’s pretty darn good on its own too.

This example I received as a free gift from Happs in WA’s Margaret River region (thank you!!). Their Three Hills wine range is dedicated to not your typical grape varieties – instead something a little different – like this 2018 Petite Verdot.

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Happs Three Hills 2018 Grenache – Margaret River

Happs Three Hills 2018 Grenache - Margaret River

“Hand-picked with fruit destemmed only. Then spent 13 days on skins whilst bring hand plunged. The wine was then aged in 50% new French oak puncheons, on lees for five months”.

I love hearing about how a wine is made. There’s so much work that can go into what’s in our glasses. This Three Hills 2018 Grenache from Happs Wines in the Margaret River was released earlier this year and I was lucky enough to receive this sample (thank you!).

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Happs Three Hills 2018 GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mataro)

Happs Three Hills 2018 GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mataro)

Back in the 1970s two young teachers named Erl and Ros Happ decided to plant a wide range of wine grape varieties in WA’s Margaret River region. Today the Happs estate vineyards produce more than 30 grape varieties!

And this wine is made up of three of those varieties. Introducing the Happs Wines ‘Three Hills’ 2018 Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro blend. The majority, 61% is made up of Grenache, followed by 26% Shiraz and the remainder Mataro (aka Mourvèdre). $30 per bottle via the Happs website.

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