Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2017

This is quite a youthful and restrained Chianti Classico from Castellare di Castellina and the 2017 vintage. It has aromas of redcurrants, red fruits and firm tannins. This wine will suit another 3-5 years in bottle before approaching it or a long decant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Website: http://www.castellare.it. Reviewed: January 2020.

Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017

This is a good wine at a fair price. Lightly coloured in the glass, the 2017 vintage of Antinori’s Peppoli Chianti Classico has typical sangiovese aromas of sour cherry and licorice. The palate has firm tannins and good length. This wine can be approached now, but will suit a couple of years in the cellar. […]

Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rosé 2018

This is a well presented, dry rosé from Yalumba in South Australia.  Its aroma reminds of florals and twigs.  The palate is dry, crisp and pleasant, and its alcohol low at 11.5%.  Ready to drink now, this rosé suits summer drinking and is sound value at $15.  Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 11.5%. Price: $15. […]

Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana 2015

Villa Antinori’s Toscano Rosso continues to be a great value wine.  The 2015 vintage is quite the blend, featuring sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, syrah and merlot.  Yet it retains a sense of place, and is identifiably Italian in style in the glass.  The 2015 vintage is deeply coloured in the glass, with aromas of […]

Mr. Mick Rosé Clare Valley 2018

The Mr. Mick rosé is made by Tim Adams in the Clare Valley and from the unlikely combination of sangiovese, tempranillo and mourvèdre.  In the glass, it has a pink/purple hue, fresh acidity and is very fruity and finishes dry.  Overall, this is a pleasant rosé that is low in alcohol and keenly priced.  Rating: […]

Tenuta Buon Tempo Brunello di Montalcino 2012

From the 2012 vintage, this is a very good expression of sangiovese from Tenuta Buon Tempo in Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany.  A medium intensity ruby colour in the glass, the wine opens to aromas of chocolate, earth, licorice and dried cranberries.  The palate is full bodied, with quite firm but very fine tannins, high […]

Villa Antinori Toscana IGT 2014

Antinori’s Villa Antinori (red) is a very reliable wine, although I haven’t tasted it for years – the last vintage I reviewed was the 2006 vintage back in 2010.  It was an interesting wine to taste blind. Neither quite fitting the profile of a Chianti Classico (the acidity and tannins were not firm enough) nor […]

Pig in the House Organic Rosé 2017

This is a sangiovese based rosé from organic producer Pig in the House in Cowra. It has restrained and savoury aromatics of raspberry and strawberry. Old oak influences the palate, which has a light to medium body, mid range length, spice and raspberry on the finish and a loose knit but pleasant expression. Rating: Acceptable […]

An Australian sangiovese that works: Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese 2016

This is one of the better Australian sangioveses I’ve tasted to date. Perhaps more so than the so-called international varieties, there can be a tendency to evaluate Australian Italian varieties by their degree of correlation to the versions grown on Italian soil. This type of benchmarking is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does […]