Thursday, 3 October 2013

Didi Sangiovese 2012

Sangiovese in Australia is a relatively new thing. Firstly the vines have only been planted 30 years ago in the Vales. Carlo Corino of Montrose planted them first but pulled them out to plant another clone. Coriole has the oldest Sangiovese in Australia but that doesn’t mean that the wine-makers have understood how to make it. It is only now that the variety has really taken off. Ideas and experimentation have really taken off. Personally I would really watch the Adeialde Hills and Heathcote for the top quality versions but the Victorians are further in front. Tom Shobbrook has cut his teeth on making quality Sangiovese in Italy and it is great to see him throw his hat into the ring with some Australian fruit.

Didi Sangiovese 2012

What this possesses is pure flavours of wild herbs, crushed cranberries, cinnamon and dried winter leaves. The intake is sweet but from the mid-palate it is all savoury with the palate weight sitting right in the medium bodied end of the scale. Tom has managed to deliver the illusion of easy flavour but on closer look there is a huge amount of complexity and depth. What this doesn’t have is the massive tannin structure like the Italian versions. Does that matter? Not really but I would like to see more tannin. The wine is still in the top few in Australia so go hard.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $60
Rated: 91
Drink: Now – 2020

Didi Sangiovese 2012 , Buy Wine Online, Adelaide Wine Store

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