Foster e Rocco is a wonderful team up between Adam Foster and Lincoln Riley. They are low BS wines that are made to be yummy and drinkable. On both counts they score big ticks. Their Sangiovese Rose is one of the best roses in Australia and their other projects with Sangiovese are not far behind. Best of all, every Foster e Rocco wines are released ready to drink and priced to sell.
Made with an eye to drinking, not cellaring or endless pontificating. No oak, light plunging to avoid extraction and then pressing into tank. Therefore you have a very nude Sangio that can only come from quality grapes. Cherry, spice, earth, hints of leather and more fragrant spices. The palate is juicy with soft tannins and great length. Don’t cellar this, just drink it as the mood takes you. Food matches are easy, anything from light antipasto through to a red meats.
The glamour region of Victoria for lovers of big reds. And the core production is Shiraz and Cabernet with ‘guts’. But it is a region that offers a lot of diversity when you scratch the surface. The cooler southern parts border Macedon and make lovely aromatic wines. There is a lot of experimentation and adoption of more drought resistant Italian varieties to great effect too.
Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.