Small Batch Wines | 2009 Sagrantino
Rich & Lingering, Nov 2011
Lets face it, winemakers love to play. New techniques in the winery, new varieties in the vineyard, new oak forests. It all makes the industry grow and develop. One of our favourite winemakers in McLaren Vale who has a range of new varieties is Oliver’s Taranga. Amongst the ‘small batch’ wines winemaker Corrina Wright loves to play with, are a range of alternative varieties; Fiano, Vermentino, and Sagrantino.
Sagrantino is an Italian variety from Montefalco in Umbria and many of you may have heard of it, however very few have seen it in Australia. Sagrantino has great adaptability to wine regions with windy, dry zones, with a preference for clayey-flinty soils- a perfect match for McLaren Vale vineyards around Seaview subregion.
I tasted this over several days to see how it would develop. The grippy mouthfeel does soften a little, and that spicy character becomes more meaty. During the tasting I was contemplating what to eat with this. It definitely requires food, a rich meaty ragu with smoky pancetta may be a good match. Or potentially even grilled venison marinated in red wine and juniper berries – if you’re game and love to play.
Sample: Provided by producer
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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.