An intriguing drink. Sagrantino can be a very tannic variety that makes you feel like it has sucked the moisture out of your mouth in one sip. This doesn’t quite reach those tongue-strangling heights, but it would benefit from a nice slice of rare roast beef to soak up the tannins. It is a butch style that shows sweet red cherries and dark berries on the nose and palate, along with some subtle mint, before the solid tannins and bright acidity kick in, leading to a dry, talcy finish.
The distinctive flavour profile and earthy tannins of Sagrantino are well suited to a robust or strong cheeses. Sagrantino has an aroma that is uniquely vibrant yet broody with muddling forest floor, truffle and brambly characters with red florals and bright red and blue fruits. The medium-weight, balanced palate shows savoury rosemary, morello cherry and smoky notes with a complex mouth feel.
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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2014Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The Chalmers family has developed an integrated vine-growing, grape-growing and winemaking business that explores the fringe of mostly Italian grape varieties, such as this Sagrantino. There's a mix of berries and a foxy, almost feral, gamy complexity here; there's herbs in the mix too. The palate delivers sturdy berry-pip tannins and tawny cherry-fruit flavour. Made by Kooying contract winemakers.The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The Italian tannins storm the palate from the first instance, taking no prisoners, leaving the bright red fruit in chains from which it may or may not break free.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009