Chock-a-block full of bright, juicy cherried fruit and gentle spice, Parri’s inexpensive Chianti has never been in better form. Smooth, fresh, sweet cherry and berry fruit nose. The palate has nice pure fruit: very up to date and fresh with cherries, hints of blackcurrant plus some violet and sweet tobacco notes.
As I have said before, as much as I appreciate the Australian's attempts at the style, it is hard to go past Italian Sangiovese. However, this has a modern feel, more forward and full bodied than most with lifted aromatics, juicy cherry and subtle herbal and spicy tones. The texture and grippy tannins unmistakably Chianti. Apart from the obvious quality, it is a much more interesting wine to have on the dinner table than many simpler, local wines. Tuck in!
Not sure you can buy a better Chianti for a cent under $20. It’s pleasantly leathery and rustic, cherries and mint, quite rich in fruit with a lovely rusty kind of tannin profile that gives it some chewiness, a little spice, firm tannin on a solid finish. I’d drink this any day of the week, and indeed, it being Friday and all, went back for a quick top up and quaffed a glass straight off in classic GW loose unit taster style. Yep. Tasted: Oct 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2022+; Rated: 90 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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