Here’s an except from our Autumn 2013 Newsletter the Tin Shed, from the early days of Sangiovese in the Canberra District:
Sangiovese is taking off in the district, and aficionados of the variety will be in for some real treats over the coming years, with some of the best known winemakers in the district really focusing on the variety. We were one of the first to plant the variety in the district (2001), and had the opportunity to put one of our best vintages (2008 – sorry – sold out) up against some other local, interstate and international examples at a recent tasting organised by Alex McKay of Collector Wines.
There were 24 fantastic wines from the best regions of Italy (Chianti, Montalcino) and Victoria as well as a good range of local wines. Quite a range of styles were in the tastings, from fresh and bright to deep and brooding. The best examples had mouth watering savouriness, complex but moderate fruit and truly epic persistence. We were very pleased with the response to our 2008, with comments like “ripe nose, fresh spice notes, warm mid-palate, ripe tannins, balanced fleshy finish – silver” from one of the best local palates in the business. Not bad among $250/bottle examples from Italy!