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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 2009 sagrantino has an aroma that is uniquely vibrant yet broody: muddling forest floor, truffle and brambly characters with red florals and bright red and blue fruits. The medium-weight, balanced palate shows savoury rosemary, morello cherry and smoky notes with a complex mouth feel. The wine is masculine and feminine all at once with the hallmark tannin presence of sagrantino, but presented in this 2009 vintage in a soft and elegant interpretation.
GI: Murray Darling, New South Wales
Food Match: Roasted pork belly with parsnip puree
2009 Sagrantino Tasting Notes
Sagrantino is famous for its tannin and this release has a fair tannic bite to it – though you’d hardly call it fearsome. Sweet-sour berries with a ferrous edge. Maybe some eucalypt too. It races with acidity but still comes across as dusty and dry. Interesting.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Sagrantino tends to make powerful, tannic reds, suited to madmen, heroes and Godzilla. But the Chalmers family’s version stops short of sucking the water from your eyes – tempered, temporarily, by its bright sweet fruit, before the sturdy, mouth-drying tannins kick in.
for 2008 Sagrantino, Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times
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