Small Batch Wines | 2009 Sagrantino
Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Best of the Best 2011
It’s duelling Italian varieties for McLaren Vale producers Coriole and Oliver’s Taranga. They’ve gone toe-to-toe with sagrantino releases and excelled with fiano (see below). Kindred spirit for alternative varieties, Mark Lloyd tenders experience to Corrina Wright’s keen eye and exuberance. The Coriole version is taut, gravelly and appropriately authentic with sour cherry, herbal inflections, then some fire and power in reserve. The Taranga sagrantino is wily, more seductive but still equally firm with blocky tannins and concentration at the fore. The variety teeters between these very serious versions and more youthful styles from producers Terra Felix, d’Arenberg and lesser knowns from the Granite Belt in Queensland, Preston Peak Wines. Well worth exploring for those seeking tannin fixes and additional masculinity in their wines.
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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.