Vibrant perfume, tart and bright. Cherry, cranberry, redcurrant. Rose, almond essence and lavender. Wet clay tannins with more cherries rolling through the palate. It’s built on pomegranate bitter-acidic tension. The savoury balance comes from smoked salumi spiked with whole green pepper berries. Pretty perfume, pretty flavours, pretty tasty wine. All that a good Sangiovese has on offer.90 pts - Kim Brebach (BWU20)
From the website: ‘ Sangiovese’s beauty lies in its ability to produce wines that are highly concentrated in flavour yet have a lighter, more approachable structure than Cabernet or Shiraz. This Sangiovese is a perfect example of this accessible, ready to drink style.’ The Sangiovese they make fits that description very well: it’s soft and ready to drink, but frankly I didn’t see a lot else in the wine. This variety also makes the great Brunello di Montalcino which is known for its bold fruit flavors, high tannin, and sometimes searing acidity. It’s also the mainstay of Chianti Classico, which have to contain at least 80% of the variety. I guess the Hunter Valley is a different place, much warmer, much more humid, with lower acidity in its reds.