2014 Pizzini Pietra Rossa Sangiovese

This wine is a blend from three vineyard sites and was formerly known as Pizzini Sangiovese but now has a label that alludes to the iron rich soils of the King Valley.   
Four percent of Canaiolo, another Tuscan red variety is added to deepen the vibrant brick red colour of the Pietra Rossa. One of its other qualities is that it helps soften the tannins of Sangiovese in much the same way as Merlot does to Cabernet Sauvignon.   

There is a smokiness and earthiness to the bouquet along with red currant, sweet black cherry and savoury spices typical of the variety.  

A plump, immediately sweet palate of crunchy red cherry, blackberries and savoury tannins. Cloves and star anise. More on the lighter side of medium here. Combines the sweetness and savouriness well but a green edge to the finish with a slightly metallic taste affected the score.   

Source: Winery. ABV: 13.5%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $25.00. Rating: 89 Points. 
Website: http://www.pizzini.com.au/pizzini/

2015 Farr Rising Gamay

I'm a big fan of Australian Gamay. The 2015 Farr Rising Gamay from Wine By Farr at Bannockburn near Geelong is in that category. Hand-picked, foot stomped and matured for eight months in old barrels.

Right off the bat this wine is a cloudy garnet colour in the glass. 

Fresh and perky aromas of ripe red cherries, peppercorn and game with some stalky, forest floor scents to add interest. 

It's dry, light to medium weight, silky in texture, bright and crunchy.

Full of cherry, earthy, savoury flavours with a dusting of cranberry tannins. Really strikes a chord with its balance of bright fruit, juicy acidity and savoury undertones that persist to the finish. 

Nick Farr has crafted a delicious and compelling cool climate expression of Gamay. Highly Recommended.

Source: Gift. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Diam Cork. Price: $36.00. Rating: 93 Points. 

Website: https://www.byfarr.com.au