Pearmund Cellars 2010 Petit Manseng- South River Vineyard
The new golden boy grape of the Virginia Wine Industry, many vineyards are now planting Petit Manseng. This name is derived from its small, thick skinned berries. Winemakers will often joke it is also named for its yields which by comparison is rather low per vine.
Historically Petit Manseng was grown primarily in the Languedoc, Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh but has recently drawn interest in New World wine regions like California, Virginia and Australia. Many winemakers believe the flavor profile is close enough to Viognier that this could be the next big ABC (anything but Chardonnay) wine.
The 2010 Petit Manseng has a nose that is filled with velvety violets and ripe cantaloupe. The attack is well rounded with undertones of honeysuckle. The mid-palate expands slightly to include even more tropical undertones. The finish is delightfully light with strong undercurrents of Mango, pink grapefruit and peaches in a heavy sauce.
Gentle handling of the fruit and judicious filtering program kept the tropical fruit flavors as the heart and soul of this wine.
Pairing with Petit Manseng can be a challenge because of the perceived sweetness. I encourage members to try this wine with roast turkey or scallops in a light cream sauce.
Drinking very nicely now, I do not anticipate this wine growing significantly in the coming years.
DRINK NOW-January 2013