Tuesday, April 20, 2010

De Bortoli Windy Peak Sangiovese 2006

I've noticed that sometimes Italian varieties can be done well in other countries - noticeably Argentina and Australia, thanks to their Italian ex-pat communities. We've been drinking a lot of Chianti recently, so I thought it was a good time to try the Australian version with this Victoria Sangiovese.

This starts off with bright cherry fruit and good acidity, the hallmarks of this variety. After a bit of time in the glass it develops some earthiness, which actually slightly reminded me of an Aussie Pinot Noir. It's not all bad though (just joking), and it retains a vibrancy of fruit that identifies it as definitely New World. There is just a bit of harshness to it though, a lack of elegance that shouldn't be there for a £10 wine.

Windy Peak Sangiovese 2006
King Valley, Victoria, Australia

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