100% King Valley Sangiovese. This wine is more about style than variety. It is meant to be bright, rustic, savoury, interesting and above all, delicious. Sangiovese. Native to Italy. In Australia, very suited to the King Valley as well as the more maritime climates. In 1994, the De Bortoli family planted the BellaRiva vineyard on the King River at the base of the Victorian Snowfields. With strong Italian heritage of both our family and region, Mediterranean varieties were chosen and planted.
Here's where things get real. The great advantage of Sangiovese is that it's fruit-driven but also refreshing and savoury. It's why it pairs so easily with everyday, rustic foods. It's versatile. The knock against it is that it can be a bit wimpy. This version has the aforementioned advantages, but with extra oomph; it's the best of both worlds. Hunt around, find a good price and buy it by the six-pack. "50 Great Reds". Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
Trophy - Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards 2016
Gold Medal - Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards 2016
(96 Points) - Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards 2016
Gold Medal - Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016
Well. This is interesting. Very. This is a wine to seek out, pronto. I’m a bit taken aback. This has polish, intensity, length and charm, and it’s only $16. It’s a gorgeous sangiovese. It’s cherried and nutty and gently spicy, and while it flows with easy-going flavour it has enough tension to give it focus, and lend drama. $16. It’s outrageous value. You won’t find anything close to its quality anywhere near this price. If ever there was a case for buying by the dozen …” Tasted: Nov 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $16; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2021; Rating: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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