Ourea Sagrantino

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)

Frank Mitolo’s grandparents hail from Abruzzo, right in the centre of Italy. He has always loved the wines from this part of the country, and of the region immediately to the southeast: Umbria. The red wines of Umbria are rustic, earthy, gritty wines often made using Sagrantino. The 2014 McLaren Vale Ourea Sagrantino is reminiscent of these wines. It’s vibrant 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
Deep garnet.
 
Nose

Floral and aromatic with earthy undertones and a dusting of cinnamon spice.

Palate
Medium bodied with great structure, bright red fruit characteristics of black cherry and ripe blackberry prevail, with a long, savoury and grippy finish that is so signature of this variety.
 
Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
Vintage
2014
Ourea Sagrantino

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2012
2013
2014

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Vintage Note
The 2014 vintage in McLaren Vale was at times a challenging one. Extremes of weather pushed the grapevines to the limit of their tolerance. But in the end the quality of the wines looks outstanding, demonstrating just how hardy grapevines are. Winter rains were very good filling the soil with water ready for the growing season. A windy spring affected fruit set at flowering, ultimately reducing yields at harvest. Post November the rains stopped and the ground quickly dried out. This was exacerbated by multiple extreme heat events including one five-day heat wave in January with temperatures over 40C. And then it rained. On February 14 we received 40mm in one day, almost our entire average summer rainfall, giving the vines much needed reprieve.

Variety
100% Sagrantino

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Deep garnet.

Bouquet
Floral and aromatic with earthy undertones and a dusting of cinnamon spice.

Palate
Medium bodied with great structure, bright red fruit characteristics of black cherry and ripe blackberry prevail, with a long, savoury and grippy finish that is so signature of this variety.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.

Harvest Date
March 2014

Bottling Date
September 2016

Cellaring
6-10 years
 

 

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
$35.00
 
SKU: Msagrantino
Add To Cart
$210.00
/ Case of 6
 

Frank Mitolo’s grandparents hail from Abruzzo, right in the centre of Italy. He has always loved the wines from this part of the country, and of the region immediately to the southeast: Umbria. The red wines of Umbria are rustic, earthy, gritty wines often made using Sagrantino. The 2014 McLaren Vale Ourea Sagrantino is reminiscent of these wines. It’s vibrant 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
Deep garnet.
 
Nose

Floral and aromatic with earthy undertones and a dusting of cinnamon spice.

Palate
Medium bodied with great structure, bright red fruit characteristics of black cherry and ripe blackberry prevail, with a long, savoury and grippy finish that is so signature of this variety.
 
Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Harvest Date
April 2014
Acid
6.4 g/L
pH
3.70
Residual Sugar
1.4
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
The 2014 vintage in McLaren Vale was at times a challenging one. Extremes of weather pushed the grapevines to the limit of their tolerance. But in the end the quality of the wines looks outstanding, demonstrating just how hardy grapevines are. Winter rains were very good filling the soil with water ready for the growing season. A windy spring affected fruit set at flowering, ultimately reducing yields at harvest. Post November the rains stopped and the ground quickly dried out. This was exacerbated by multiple extreme heat events including one five-day heat wave in January with temperatures over 40C. And then it rained. On February 14 we received 40mm in one day, almost our entire average summer rainfall, giving the vines much needed reprieve.
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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