2010 Torzi Matthews Vigna Cantina Sangiovese

From Torzi Matthews Vintners at McLaren Vale comes this Sangiovese from grapes grown in a region not readily associated with this variety, the Barossa Valley. The Vigna Cantina label (roughly translated as 'wine cellar') is a testament to winemaking artisan Dominic Torzi's Italian heritage and to his partner Tracy Matthews and their passion to produce a range of Italian varietals that are arguably the best coming out of South Australia these days. 

Fifteen year old Sangiovese vines at the Valley's Moppa Springs and Koonunga Hills sub-regions were treated in French oak for eighteen months. The result is an approachable, savoury fruit bomb of a wine. Rustic yet refined. Piquant yet plush.

Brick red in colour, some purply hues. Lifted spicy, earthy, tobacco and red cherry aromas. Some red currant and goji berry notes that are unusual but interesting. The medium-weight palate has persistent grippy, velvety tannins with spicy plum and cherry fruit flavours throughout. Long savoury finish. A delicious, food-friendly wine. One of the best Australian expressions of this Tuscan grape variety that I've tasted in a while.  

Source: Retail Purchase. Alcohol: 13.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Rating: 91 Points.
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