A couple of South Australian sangioveses; Hollick Hollaia 2004 and Reillys Sangiovese 2013

Here are a couple of local sangiovese wines tasted recently.  Sangiovese is a variety that I don't think has yet produced a great wine in Australia.  But these two examples are very good.


Hollick Hollaia Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Wrattonbully
This wine was bottled under screwcap and has matured wonderfully in the cellar.  A blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon from Wrattonbully on the border between South Australia and Victoria, the wine in the glass is claret like in impression.  The palate is medium bodied with long length, and in its prime drinking window.  A slight overlay of mint reminds of its local origins.  This is a serious effort that will impress, and may well be the best Australian interpretation of this blend that I have tasted.  (Region: Wrattonbully, South Australia, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2020, Tasted: Feb, 2017)

Read more:
hollick.com

Other vintages reviewed:

Nil


Reillys Sangiovese 2013, Clare Valley
A full bodied interpretation of sangiovese, with notes of chocolate, bitumen and sour cherries.  Nice length and fresh acidity make for well balanced drinking.  A good by the glass choice.  (Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2025, Tasted: Mar, 2017)

Read more:
www.reillyswines.com.au

Other vintages reviewed:

Nil

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