Small Batch Wines | 2009 Sagrantino
Campbell Mattinson, Big Red Wine Book 2011, 92+ Points
With any luck, sagrantino will prove to have a great future in Australia. McLaren Vale – as with so many other ‘alternative varieties’ – seems to be taking the bull by the horns. Argument to say that McLaren Vale is Australia’s most progressive region.
Hulking tannin. Rustic aroma and flavour. Tar and violets, ferrous elements and spice. Excellent intensity but if you’re tannin averse – one sip of this and you’ll run screaming from the room. Not sure how a wine like this will age under screwcap but it’ll be fascinating to revisit it in five, or even better ten, years. Fennel aftertaste. Rugged, but fascinating, wine.
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100% McLaren Vale
Deep dark maroon.
Lifted floral violet like notes, Christmas cake and earthy spice.
Quite a different palate structure to the varieties we are used to in Australia, this Sagrantino has beautiful floral tannins, loads of savoury fruit and a fresh acid line. Best enjoyed over a shared meal with friends.