Sangiovese is Italy's most widely planted red grape variety and produces a whole range of red wine styles from the light and soft, through to big, full bodied, broody reds.
Often the wines can have an tannic and earthy character intermingled with herby, vanilla and cherry flavours. I could go on about this wonderfully versatile grape all day, but I think it's in all our interest to let the wines do the talking!Read More
As Chris and I were selecting this case, it dawned on us that there was a link between these three wines that makes for a great story. I would like to throw the tasting notes over to you and encourage you to share your comments on our web site, it would be a great exercise in comparing the similarities and differences between the styles.
Chianti has stared in past wine club cases, but its the first time we have put a Riserva quality wine in our red case. This is made from 100% Sangiovese and is jammed packed full of cherry fruit and spice, which is exactly what Tuscan reds should be all about.
We have touched on why wines are blended in past cases. But here we have two examples of how a grape can be used. The Coriole from the McLaren Vale in Australia is the biggest and spiciest of the two and really would accompany red meats. I would be really interested to see how you find the spiciness from the Shriaz accompanies the cherry character of the Sangiovese.
in contrast we have the Chilean Merlot Sangiovese blend. Remember, the grape variety that comes first on a label will be the grape variety that makes up the higher proportion of the blend. In this case, the merlot with its soft and plummy character should be quite soft in comparison. Again, please feed-back, your comments will be much appreciated.
If you would like a refresher on the article I wrote about why wines are blended, you can find it here.