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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.
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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