Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
The Italian variety, Sangiovese continues to gain popularity in Australia and with its roots happy to be in Clare Valley soils, this unoaked ‘easy-going’ wine style fits in to our repertoire perfectly, delivering vibrant flavours that create great conversation and satisfy many palates. The wine is light in style, packed with juicy raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours, refreshing natural acidity and soft silky tannins.
Twenty seven year old Sangiovese vines provide the fruit for this wine, which was fermented for a week on skins with seeds removed from the tank at the beginning of ferment. The must was gently pressed with all pressings removed from the blend. The result is an elegant, fresh wine with soft and ‘round’ natural tannins and enhanced fruit characters. It is a wine best enjoyed anytime up to five years of age and will complement many cuisines.
The 2023 growing season was nothing shy of ideal. Good winter rains led to a relatively dry spring, followed by summer conditions that were the coolest on record since 2002. October to February were statistically cooler than the long-term average. The impact of these conditions is evident in the quality of fruit and resultant wines. Flavour, sugar and acid balance in all varieties is as good as we have seen.
This Sangiovese can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a broad range of cuisine, including, pasta, pizza and Mediterranean inspired salads. We recommend chilling slightly in the warmer months.
The Wine Front
Clare Valley grenache at a snip of a price.
The thing here is that it’s bright and juicy. Clare Valley grenache is often neither; it’s often dull and plodding. This wine offers a mouthful of jubey raspberries and anise but also a strike of dry, orange-flecked spice. It has tannin too, tense and dry. It’s light but it’s a good wine.