Category Archives: Sangiovese

2013 Main & Cherry Sangiovese

Silver medal – Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland Wine Show 2014. Umm, ok. Partially matured in a large egg-shaped ceramic amphora with 70% in old French hogsheads. Aromas bring to mind a Cherry Ripe spread lightly with tinned corn. Loads … Continue reading

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2012 Byrne Family Limited Release Sangiovese

Expansively fruited Sangiovese from the northern end of the Clare Valley. Moves from sweet to savoury. The former leaves the dominate impression though. Raspberry coulis and darker cherry-bramble notes merging with dried herbs, leathery tannin, aniseed and earth. Some sun-dried … Continue reading

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2013 Ravensworth le querce Sangiovese

One of the best Australian Sangioveses I’ve tasted. On its tenth vintage so I’ve taken my time getting to it. Deeply cherried with excellent sweet-savoury interplay. Almond skins, dried herbs, orange peel, a dusting of cocoa and plenty of leathery, … Continue reading

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2012 La Vendetta Toscana Sangiovese IGT

A Sangiovese with a riper, fuller fruit profile that some might even refer to as somewhat New World. Includes 8% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Imported by Fourth Wave Wine. Cherries, charcoal, darker berry fruits, dried herbs and raspy tannin. … Continue reading

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2009 Castello Romitorio Chianti Colli Senesi

Chianti Colli Senesi is one of the seven sub-zones that produce Chianti DOCG. This wine is imported by James Busby. The fruit is fading rapidly already, leaving behind a hard and astringent structural edifice. It’s like drinking the ruins of … Continue reading

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2012 Kirrihill Clare Valley Sangiovese

These “Alternative Range” reds from Kirrihill are dry red table wines. With the emphasis on dry. Bright acid and loads of chewy, grainy tannin. Dried herbs and scorched earth as much as sour cherries and raspberry. Some darker brambly fruits … Continue reading

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2012 Vigna Cantina Sangiovese

Domenic Torzi is arguably in the prime of his career as a winemaker. If he sustains this level of excellence then we are all in for a treat. If he improves then we’ll have something very special on our hands. … Continue reading

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2013 Pizzini Rosetta Rosé

A bit of a ‘go to’ Rosé for me and this year’s model is way down in the groove. It’s briney and spicy and oh so refreshing. Sangiovese based. Strawberry creams, cherry blossoms, cranberry acidity and dried herbs. A nod … Continue reading

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2012 Pizzini King Valley Sangiovese

A blend of 93% Sangiovese and 7% Canaiolo. The Canaiolo is generally thought to soften the wine and fill it out. Not that different to the inclusion of Colorino in Chianti in some respects. The 2012 season in the King … Continue reading

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2012 Chapel Hill Sangiovese

I was about to type the words ‘il Vescovo’ into the title when I realised that this had just been upgraded to a higher tier. Well deserved too I might add. Red fruits, sour cherries, a subtle meatiness and dried … Continue reading

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