As a country, Australia has been blessed with ideal wine growing conditions: climate, terroire and the overall know-how. There is no doubt that Australian wine makers have captivated the wine lovers all over the world – even more so in the United Kingdom. The Australian top five export markets by volume and value are: the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
About 1/3 of all wines produced in Australia are Chardonnay, followed closely by Shiraz, then Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot is merely 9 %, and Semillon a distant 5% of all total.
There is, however, a new kid on the block that is making its mark on the Australian wine scene, the Sangiovese. Originating from Tuscany, this grape is the most planted red-wine vine in Italy.
Like many other European grapes before it, Sangiovese is finding its way and making ground in Australia, gradually delivering great results. It is often in the blend with Cabernet Sauvignon but also with Shiraz. However, my pick of the day is wine made solely from 100% Sangiovese.
Sangiovese makes a well knitted, structured and balanced wine with cherries and plumy flavours. So, please be adventurous, and be on the look out for some interesting Aussie Sangiovese.
Clover Hill Sangiovese, 2006
A medium-bodied wine with classic flavours of cherry and plum with toast American oak undertones. Soft on the palate with a pleasant finish.
Region: Northern Tasmania
Dromana Estate Sangiovese, 2006
A well structured wine with layers of dark fruits and tobacco, lively acidity and integrated tannins.
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Mitolo Jester Sangiovese Rose, 2007
Vibrant Rose with purple hues. Crisp berry fruits on the nose, fresh and lively.
Region: McLaren Vale
Step Road Sangiovese, 2006
This wine has a good depth of black fruit flavour; it is smooth and silky. Its nose opens up to a savoury characteristic.
Region: Langhorne Creek
Garry Grittenden Sangiovese, 2006
Medium to full bodied red wine, packed with red and blackberries aromas. Good depth, rich and lush on the palate with a long finish.
Why not come and try these and others at our wine tasting on Sunday 18th May? It’s at the Caledonian Hilton Hotel from 7.00 pm. Tickets are Â£10 or 2 for Â£18. Book here or just turn up at the door.