Sangiovese Six Pack
One each of the following.
An Ape Is Loose Sangiovese 2016
An Ape Is Loose Sangiovese 2016. For A.B. Yarra Sangiovese is savoury and bright, classically varietal and bursting with energy and drinkability. Sour cherry, woodsy twiggy and fennel seed aromas lead into a plush berry fruit palate, driven by bright acidity, and crunchy tannin. Endangered species this Ape, Andy has moved back home to the West and as yet has not been spotted making any more.
Valley Vignerons 2016 Yarra Valley Sangiovese
Grown in Gruyere on 16-year-old vines on soil with good drainage. Grapes rarely see anything resembling chemicals and get a lotta love from Peter Payton. A little bit of tart red cranberry like character as the wines enters your mouth then there’s a rush of herbs and violets. Jonesy says enjoy a bottle with Lamb Shoulder or any protein really. Sounds like a good call as this will swallow up some of the drying tannins and bring more of the still hidden fruit notes out of the wine.
Buttermans Track 2015 Sangiovese Yarra Valley
Grown in the other Upper Yarra area of St Andrews in ancient soils with not a lot of nutrients left is the Buttermans track plot of sangiovese. There’s some Brunello clone mixed in there which I great news if you like your sangiovese with a bit of depth and notes of blueberry and plum. It’s a great wine for the price and right at home next to your Nonna’s Lasagne. Flavoursome and textural finish holds those rich flavours together.
Galli Adele Heathcote Sangiovese 2016
Dark cherry, blueberries, violets, spice and a touch of strawberry aromas pretty much leap out of the glass. On the palate is generous with a fantastic depth and richness supporting both red and dark cherries with layers of blackberries providing support. Textural finish that holds grape and oak flavour and gives nice balancing dryness. Throw this at some game ragout and gnocchi with plenty of cheese.
Payten and Jones de Novo Sangiovese 2016.
This is the Payten and Jones drink now and drink quick option. A straight forward easy drinking style with generous fruit notes and soft agreeable tannin structure. Be careful not to drink it too fast. It glides down so easy that it should come with a warning on the label.
Fikkers Two Bricks 2016
Always have liked the name of tis brand, but not apt at all as Tony used to work here a Barrique. Rumour has it that now Tony has moved up in the world that this wine is also is on the brink of extinction. The label reads quite simply “wine made with minimal intervention by Anthony Fikkers.” I did like it quite a lot when I first tried it, lots of dried herbs, agreeable easy-going tannins and loads of depth. Salami and antipasti would be a nice companion here.