Robert Johnson Vineyards Il Dittico Sangiovese Shiraz
Here's a fulsome style of red blend that gives a nod to the Super Tuscan wines of Italy. Made from 78% sangiovese and 22% shiraz, it shows dense dark cherry and pepper spice smells, with a decent whiff of toasted vanilla from the oak. The palate is fuller-bodied and sweetly-fruited, with chalky tannins, and a fruity, savoury-edged finish that makes it very food friendly. Serve with rich meat dishes.
Deep soft red, slightly inky still. This 78% Sangiovese and 22% Shiraz blend is the first of its kind from Robert Johnson. The fairly overt spicy French oak suggest it must be based on a super-Tuscan style. Background but what seems like concentrated red fruits are present. Cannot really see the varieties clearly but this is not a criticism. The palate gives a better indication of the wine with very concentrated sweet black fruits and sour red fruits – here the varieties and their contributions are discernible. Tannins are grainy and well balanced with fresh acidity adding vibrancy. Overall a deeply concentrated effort in the framework of a Grand Vin.