One of the most tannic varieties in the world, sagrantino is relatively small player in Italy where there are only about 250 hectares of the grape grown in the Montefalco region of Umbria. Despite this it is a highly revered wine with DOCG status since 1992. It has been growing in Australia since 2000 with the first Australian wine made by Chalmers in 2004. There are now a number of producers making great examples of the variety which has proven to perform fantastically well in both extreme heat/drought conditions and wet vintages like 2010 and 2011.
The 2014 Sagrantino is from our Heathcote vineyard where the vines are growing in a special site close to the top of the ridge in complex, rocky Cambrian earth. The wine is deep and robust with aromas of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, spice and tobacco. These characters are echoed on the generous yet elegant palate, supported by mouthfilling, yet fine-grain tannins and bramble accents.
“Medium red colour with tints of purple and developed brick-red. The bouquet is savoury, earthy, developed and mellow, thanks to age development. The palate is sweet and soft, mellow and showing aged characters. Some smoked-meats nuances.”
Huon Hooke, December 2017
GI: Heathcote, Victoria