Tartarni Sangiovese 2009 (Pyrenees, Vic)
From straight out of left field – a Pyrenees Sangiovese that actually tastes like Sangiovese!
A blend of 87% Sangiovese and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in open fermenters with a cold soak and just 15% new oak (thumbs up for the handling).
Ruby red with a little tawny in there too, this smells rustic and meaty, carrying some of that drought year firmness. For all that secondary action however, this is still sprightly and carrying plenty of fruit. The appeal here, though, is the tannins – there is loads of them. They’re stoic and drying but lingering too. propping up what is a tidy savoury wine.
I like this. It’s a real play at a proper Aussie Sangiovese at a more than palatable price. A fraction drying and angular to be great, but plenty of appeal.
Tasted: July 2014
Score: 17/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? Not quite. Would happily recommend though.