Cake Sagrantino is a wine you won’t forget. Sagrantino is an Italian grape from Montefalco in Umbria. The wine is often big tannins, fruitcake like and needs about two decades to mature. What you have with Cake Sagrantino is a pretty awesome view into the world of Sagrantino without having to wait two decades. They have purposely made this wine with softer tannins by leaving it on skins for an extended period. Further helping is the fact it is already 3 years from vintage. Look for plums, blackberries, still big tannins. And a high degree of moreishness (it’s a word, trust me).
Cake Wines are small run, high quality, artfully packaged wines. Everything I’ve had has been engaging and highly drinkable. Some of the wines are exceptionally good. The Sagrantino is a trendsetting wine.
This is a big and varied region. Basically it stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high, you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
Indigenous to the region of Umbria in Central Italy. The village of Montefalco and its surrounding areas is where Sagrantino excels. The grape is one of the worlds most tannic. Creating densely coloured and inky wines. Dark flavours, red fruits, earth and a hint of sweet spice. Until 1976 the grape was primarily used to make a thick, syrupy dessert wine. Australia has examples of Sagrantino planted in King Valley, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and McLaren Vale.