2019 Vino Intrepido Blood of My Blood Sangiovese

Punchy, herbal Heathcote Sangiovese with a lovely ripe tannin structure.

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Sangiovese may not be as rare as some of the other alternative varieties in the Vino Intrepido range, such as Vermentino and Sagrantino, but we are still learning about which wine regions in Australia are best suited to the famous Chianti grape.

Heathcote, particularly the cooler Colbinabbin sites in the Mt Camel Ranges, is looking a pretty good bet, as evidenced by the delicious Blood of My Blood. It's got red-fruit ripeness, a chill line of acidity, and ripe, lightly-rustic tannins.

Above all, it has drinkability. And there is nothing more important than that.

I love Sangiovese, and it is one of the most planted Italian varieties in both Italy and Australia. Sangiovese is quite adaptable to its environment, and quite malleable in the winery, meaning you can get a great number of styles. My preference is for bold yet crunchy wines with some savoury texture, and I think Heathcote is ideal for this style of Sangiovese.

My third time with this variety fruit came from Whistling Eagle vineyard north of Colbinabbin on the pre-Cambrian soils. Fruit was hand-harvested and all but 20% was de-stemmed and placed into a stainless-steel fermenter with the whole-bunches at the bottom. After alcoholic fermentation the tank was sealed, with skin-contact for a total of one month. After pressing the wine went into mature barriques, with an initial rack and return performed in Spring, then bottled in January 2020.

94 Points - "Of course Sangiovese means blood of Jupiter, but, apparently, and I'm not up on these things, it's also a Dothraki saying. This is from the Whistling Eagle vineyard. I find people who whistle to be incredibly annoying, though I'm not sure how I feel about eagles doing it. Can't say for sure.Cherry and strawberry, a slight gum leaf thing, spice and floral top notes. It's fleshy and cool, with particularly good tannin, kind of rusty and chamois-like, well-bedded acidity, red fruit flavour with a smattering of dried herb, and a long finish, those lovely tannins rounding it out. Beautifully made. Feels good. Tastes good. - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

93 Points - "Medium ruby red in the glass. Dark cherry, sarsaparilla, and clay aromas. There's a rush of intense dark-cherry fruit on attack that is then balanced by an earthy savoury note and classical sangiovese tannins. The balance between the fruit and structure is pitch perfect, which carries it long and lingering to the finish. A wine that screams for a rich protein to match." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

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