Small Batch Wines | 2009 Sagrantino
92 pts Jesse Lewis, The Good Drop, Nov 2010
Cherry, roquette and licorice. The tannins take you by surprise with their super-astringency. I would describe them as a broad and wave-like, rather than grainy or powdery. It’s a challenging but ultimately rewarding wine which needs some real meaty food like braised beef cheeks. I was smiling the whole way through this one (with perhaps a slight grimace once the tannins hit). Mightily impressed. Bonus points for character here.
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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.