Balancing Heart ‘Ambrosial and Lush’ Sagrantino 2017


Balancing Heart is a relatively new face on the Granite Belt, situated at the southern end. A visit there a few years ago suggested that this would be a winery to make some waves in time and they are starting to do that. Mike Hayes, one of Queensland’s best and most highly respected winemakers, is doing the work for them. The labels are attractive and all have the slightly weird names, so if that is off-putting beware. But forget that and try the wines. 

This is a slightly obscure and always interesting variety from Umbria in Italy. Dark red in colour with lots of red fruit notes; a hint of red apple, some raspberry then intertwined with smoked meat notes. A flick of acidity and some solid tannins with good grip here too. It has power, lots of flavour and length. For me, it will be better in 2-3 years but certainly worth a look now.