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English-Speaking Residents′ Association - Mallorca

Apr 23, 2021

October 2016


Dehesa del Carrizal – Petit Verdot 2012


Petit Verdot has recently been included (may 2016) in the list of grapes that can be used for wine making in the Balearic Islands. Perhaps you did not know it, but in Spain and other countries with a long tradition of wine making, the number of grape varieties allowed in wines is very restricted. The inclusion of a new variety requires several years of experimentation in order to test its adaptation to the particular characteristics of each region, and to verify that the quality and features of the resulting wines are satisfactory

Petit Verdot is a red grape traditionally used in classic Bordeaux blends, normally in small proportions to provide nerve to other varieties. In Bordeaux it ripens much later than the other varieties, and often too late, which is the reason it fell out of favour in its home region. When its ripeness is correct, it adds tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. Therefore, it has attracted attention among winemakers in warmer places in the world, where it ripens more reliably and has been made into single varietal wine. When young, its aromas have been likened to banana and pencil shavings. As it matures, strong tones of violet and leather develop.

Dehesa del Carrizal Petit Verdot, with a production of just 10000 bottles per year, presents an intense cherry red colour with blue nuances. On the nose it reveals notes of berries, liquorice and also balsamic notes with hints of mocha. On the palate, the attack is fresh and smooth, but later, due to the concentration of ripe tannins, it releases powerful and intense flavours of fresh and candied fruit, with hints of roasted coffee, blonde tobacco smoke, burnt caramel and crusty bread.  All of it derives in a long and full finish. Graphite, the main mineral characteristic in Petit Verdot, is present all the way through. Fifteen months of ageing in oak barrels bestow an exquisite character on this wine, and thanks to its full bodied structure, it can be kept in the cellar unaltered for several years at a temperature below 15 ºC.

It pairs particularly well with roasts, poultry, game, red meat and also with matured cheese.

  • Alcohol Content: 14,0 %
  • Serving temperature: 15 - 16 ºC.
  • Average price: 17.00 €

You can find it in any specialised wine shop and also on the Internet (, www.,

William Vanrell

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