Sagrantino - SOLD OUT

Bright, full flavours of plum and black cherries with lively acidity. The palate is framed by imposing, mouth coating tannin giving the wine a real energy.

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SKU: Msagrantino
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Vineyard Notes
Our Lopresti vineyard in McLaren Vale shares many similarities with the area of Montefalco in Umbria, the original home of Sagrantino. Both have clay soils, warm summers and an elongated ripening period thanks to geographical influences. Our vines are planted on the area we call ‘Lot 10’ immediately south of our Chinese block and only 5km from the seaside town of Port Willunga. The soil here is deep black Biscay clay on ancient Gnaltinga formation clay. This soil is unforgivingly dry in summer. So dry in fact that it cracks open stressing the vines immensely leading to deep, full flavours. This is the first vintage of Sagrantino we have made even though the vines were planted six years ago.
Style
Bright, full flavours of plum and black cherries with lively acidity. The palate is framed by imposing, mouth coating tannin giving the wine a real energy.
Winemaker Notes
The Sagrantino is picked in the cool of the night and transported to the winery where it is destemmed and gently crushed to small (2 tonne) fermenters. Once fermentation begins, we pump the juice over daily for around 10 days until we are satisfied with the tannin profile. The wine is then transferred to older French oak barrels, previously used for our G.A.M. Shiraz, where it remains for 18 months. The wine is then racked from oak, and bottled without fining or filtration.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Rigatoni Alla Gricia made with Guanciale (Umbrian cured pork cheek)

My grandparents and father hail from Abruzzo, right in the centre of Italy. While I have always loved the wines from this part of the country, it is the region immediately to the southeast, Umbria, which has really intrigued me. The red wines of Umbria are rustic, earthy, gritty wines often made using Sagrantino. Our 2012 McLaren Vale Sagrantino, the first vintage we have made, reminds me very much of these wines. It is bright and pretty with lively acidity and violet characters unobscured through the use of older oak barrels. At the same time it is earthy and warming, with an almost rustic purity. And there is no missing the powerful, grippy tannins that are a signature of this variety. A perfect foil for a fatty sausage or cured meats…

Colour
Bright garnet.
 
Nose
Lifted violet florals and deeper, riper plum characters with more earthy characters of tar and dried mint.
 
Palate
Bright, full flavours of plum and black cherries with lively acidity. The palate is framed by imposing, mouth coating tannin giving the wine a real energy.
 
Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
Vintage
2013
Sagrantino - SOLD OUT

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2012
2013
 

Bright, full flavours of plum and black cherries with lively acidity. The palate is framed by imposing, mouth coating tannin giving the wine a real energy.

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Add To Cart
$25.00
 
SKU: Msagrantino
Add To Cart
$150.00
/ Case of 6
 

My grandparents and father hail from Abruzzo, right in the centre of Italy. While I have always loved the wines from this part of the country, it is the region immediately to the southeast, Umbria, which has really intrigued me. The red wines of Umbria are rustic, earthy, gritty wines often made using Sagrantino. Our 2012 McLaren Vale Sagrantino, the first vintage we have made, reminds me very much of these wines. It is bright and pretty with lively acidity and violet characters unobscured through the use of older oak barrels. At the same time it is earthy and warming, with an almost rustic purity. And there is no missing the powerful, grippy tannins that are a signature of this variety. A perfect foil for a fatty sausage or cured meats…

Colour
Bright garnet.
 
Nose
Lifted violet florals and deeper, riper plum characters with more earthy characters of tar and dried mint.
 
Palate
Bright, full flavours of plum and black cherries with lively acidity. The palate is framed by imposing, mouth coating tannin giving the wine a real energy.
 
Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Harvest Date
March 2012
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.48
Residual Sugar
0.78
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Our Lopresti vineyard in McLaren Vale shares many similarities with the area of Montefalco in Umbria, the original home of Sagrantino. Both have clay soils, warm summers and an elongated ripening period thanks to geographical influences. Our vines are planted on the area we call ‘Lot 10’ immediately south of our Chinese block and only 5km from the seaside town of Port Willunga. The soil here is deep black Biscay clay on ancient Gnaltinga formation clay. This soil is unforgivingly dry in summer. So dry in fact that it cracks open stressing the vines immensely leading to deep, full flavours. This is the first vintage of Sagrantino we have made even though the vines were planted six years ago.
Production Notes
2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.
Winemaker Notes
The Sagrantino is picked in the cool of the night and transported to the winery where it is destemmed and gently crushed to small (2 tonne) fermenters. Once fermentation begins, we pump the juice over daily for around 10 days until we are satisfied with the tannin profile. The wine is then transferred to older French oak barrels, previously used for our G.A.M. Shiraz, where it remains for 18 months. The wine is then racked from oak, and bottled without fining or filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Rigatoni Alla Gricia made with Guanciale (Umbrian cured pork cheek)
 
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