Two words that just go together: Sangiovese Heathcote. The fruit for this wine came from the Whistling Eagle vineyard. A vineyard known to excel at: Sangiovese Heathcote With such great provenance, the key is to not mess it up. And a job well done it is. Plums and cherries from the first sniff, there are hints of salumi, chocolate and earth. The palate has good flesh and hints of acid and tannic bite. There is a denseness to this wine that I love and although it is drinking well now, I feel in a couple of years it will be more mellow and savoury. Serve with chabrin cheese.
What happens when wine is made by a podcaster, traveller of the known and unknown wine world, father and nice guy to boot? You get Vino Intrepido. James Scarcebrook aka The Intrepid Wino is a busy lad that loves wine. In 2016 he started a project for his interest and fun to see what it is like to make wine. And to see if he can make the wines express what he had in his head. In 2017 the range expanded from one batch to several and this is the first release.
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.