A little pepper, a little spice, some earthiness and a ripe feel to the wine (unusual for this variety in New Zealand) set this wine off very well. Lots of colour, good life and vibrancy and with plenty of future development ahead yet tasty now with spicy pasta, veal, lamb.
Bronze – Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards 2011
Not bottled yet
Sangiovese in Hawkes Bay is not for the faint hearted. The best international examples are deeply coloured with dark purple hues. Aroma’s that are full, vibrant and complex with black cherry and violet on display. In our climate, these things are all possible but it akes a lot of vineyard wizardry to achieve the kind of ripeness we need to deliver it. The vines have a tendency to over produce so need to be carefully restrained…..the wine is anything but! When we get it right, the palate is vibrant and concentrated with blackcurrant and ripe plum flavours, all integrated with black pepper and very ripe and soft tannins.