Small Batch Wines | 2010 Sagrantino
The Australian, Max Allen, September 2013
We know McLaren Vale for its shiraz and grenache. But could southern Italian varieties such as Sagrantino actually be better suited to the region? That's the question I have after tasting this magnificant red, with its deep soulful, dark-plum fruit and fantastic, mouth-hugging tannins. Its a wine that is extremely well suited to slow roasted shoulder of garlicky spring lamb.
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100% McLaren Vale
Deep dark maroon.
A slate-like note to the nose, along with lifted florals, christmas cake, spice and ironstone characters.
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. The richness of the tannins is what sets this variety apart. Best enjoyed over a s