Sangiovese is a grape that has a lot going for it. However, if you really want to make this wine ‘sing’ it needs a little touching up with something else and in this vintage, that is a splash of Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc.
Our 2014 vintage of 'The Ratbag' Merlot has escaped! The new vintage 'Ratbag' displays plum characters supported by threads of rosemary and thyme. Add the perfume of the 2014 vintage and the famed ripe cherry notes and you have an alluring wine.
James Halliday - "Potent blackcurrant and bay leaf aromas lead into a full-bodied palate, tannins a positive feature adding a note to 'take me seriously'."
“Shiraz and McLaren Vale”. A famous pairing. But why the connection? Shiraz in McLaren Vale grows well, always ripens, and with correct vineyard management, produces wines of great depth, flavour and structure.
James Halliday - "Full-bodied in every respect: black fruits, new oak, dark chocolate, licorice, plum, blackberry, cedar and ripe tannins. Savoury nuances appear briefly, then swallowed up in the swarm of rich flavours."
James Halliday - "Full-bodied, entirely in the black fruit and licorice spectrum, forbidding but compelling. Strong tannins are made to measure."
James Halliday - "Very different from the Black Blood I, more open and fragrant, the medium to full-bodied palate with a mix of red and black fruits, supple and rich, with perfectly weighted tannins."
James Halliday - "From the deep sands of Blewitt Springs. The bouquet signals the bright, lively medium-bodied palate with its mix of red and black cherry, plum and spice fruit. The tannins are superfine, adding length and class."
'Terroir' is a word that encapsulates the taste of a wine due to its unique environment - altitude, climate, rainfall, temperature and soil. The Black Blood trio are each from a different Hugh Hamilton vineyard with a distinct terroir.