Western Australian Back Vintage Sangiovese Shiraz 2014
About The Wine:
Deep garnet with a ruby edge. This wine has lifted aromas of dark plum, raspberry overlaying red cherry and subtle oak. Cherry and raspberry fruits layer over brooding dark choc earthy tannins. Basket pressed after extended maturation in small format seasoned French oak barrels.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
The Romans use to drink it so why shouldn’t we! Sangiovese dates to roman times and we have been extremely lucky to get a hold of some back vintage 2014 blend of Sangiovese and Shiraz from the Perth Hills in WA. This Sangiovese Shiraz Blend is smooth with nice aging and soft tannins with a very smooth finish. My score 93/100 – WACC Gold Medal.
What is Sangiovese & Shiraz?
Sangiovese is one of the stars of the Italian wine grape varieties now making their mark in Australia. best known for its role in Chianti, the variety is regarded as being suitable for cultivation in a number of Australian wine regions.
The Sangiovese variety has only been used in any quantity in Australia over recent years. It has been tried in most regions in Eastern Australia. It is comparatively scarce in WA, perhaps because of the mix up a few years ago when some WA wineries, including Howard Park planted what they thought were Sangiovese vines but they turned out to be Carnelian.
The Sangiovese variety has become extremely popular. By 2009, there were over 200 Australian wineries using this exciting Italian variety. Some commentators believe that many plantings of Sangiovese made during the 1990s were of inferior clones. If this is the case we should expect to see some better wines in the future as newer Sangiovese vineyards come into production and others are grafted over to better clones.
The French and Americans call it Syrah, we call it Shiraz. A versatile variety and well suited to a range of climates, and can be found in most of the grape growing regions of Australia.
In hot climates (such as the Barossa Valley of Australia), Shiraz is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions, the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz allows the wines produced from the grape to have favourable aging potential.
About The Producer and region:
The producer of this Western Australian Back Vintage Sangiovese Shiraz 2014 is a very small boutique operation in Gidgegannup in the Perth Hills wine region. Their wines are only available cellar door and in selected restaurants in WA.