First impressions, this is a gorgeous wine, in a style I absolutely love. Fine and balanced with aromas from the savoury, dried spice and herb end of the scale. There’s plenty of juicy red berry fruit on the palate; marzipan, cherry and redcurrant spring to mind. It sits comfortably in the mid weight class, fine tannins framing the just ripe fruit. That’s exactly why I love it so much, there’s nothing overplayed here. No heavy stewed fruit, just purity and line.
Alex works with a few varieties here, there’s the majority Sangiovese but also Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo Nero, Colorino and Mammolo, a real Tuscan blend. Could I mistake it for a top Chanti, possibly, but there’s something about the irrepressible fruit flavours that could only come under an Australian sun. Of course it’s a fantastic match with tomato based pasta sauces but I would love to pair it with a simple home made pizza, layered with sopressa and mushrooms with sage and oregano.