Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese 2021
The higher altitudes and cooler climate of the Orange region obviously benefits this famous Italian variety. These vines were first planted nearly two decades ago. The grapes go to open fermenters with 20% whole berries and twice daily pumpovers, before maturing in French oak puncheons for nine months. Deep garnet colour, the variety’s traditional sour cherry flavours are very much on display here. We also have some red berries, earthy notes, woodsmoke, redcurrants and a hint of that fleshy, animal skin character which presumably come from the small percentage of whole berries. A soft and supple palate with a lingering, if slightly broad finish. With good length and decent balance, this is for drinking now and over the next three to four years.