2005 Super Tusker Sangiovese (SOLD OUT)
Sangiovese is the predominant grape variety of Italy, where it is used as a base for everything from light bodied Chianti’s to the full bodied Super Tuscans which sell for several hundred dollars US.
The fruit for this wine was hard grown in rock at a small vineyard in Mudgee. At crushing, about 20% of the juice is drawn away to concentrate colour and tannin (which Sangiovese often lacks). To further increase colour and weight, the skins from the House of Bricks Shiraz were thrown in to the ferment. The wine was then pressed into brand new French oak hogsheads where it finished fermentation and matured for 12 months.
The resulting wine is a lighter red with a savoury, spicy nose. The palate is gentle with fine tannins and sweet fruit and cleansing acid (a bit like Pinot).
Lacking experience with the variety I am hesitant to predict aging. Grab some pizza and anti-pasto and we will enjoy ourselves as we watch how it develops.