2016 Dry Land Sangiovese
Originating in central Italy, Sangiovese vines thrive in limestone rich soils making the St Clare vineyard a perfect choice with its rich red loam over deep limestone. The long growing season offered by the Clare Valley’s warm days and cool nights allows these grapes to slowly develop rich flavours while retaining high natural acidity.
Known to be drought-tolerant, these vines prosper under dry-grown conditions, relying on natural rainfall rather than irrigation resulting in naturally lower yields and concentrated flavours.
Our dry grown vines are expertly managed to ensure low cropping at 2T/acre and the grapes are picked at optimal ripeness. Made in the classic style using traditional techniques of open fermentation, hand plunging, and gentle pressing, our 2016 Sangiovese has been cold soaked before being matured in French oak hogsheads for 22 months. To balance the palate, our winemaker has blended this wine with 10% Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon.
The natural acidity of this wine lends it to pairing with Italian style tomato-based pizza and pasta dishes which complement the herbal notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
SILVER MEDAL @ 2018 RASQ Mediterranean Challenge
PROVENANCE AWARDS & ACCOLADES - V14
GOLD MEDAL ~ 2017 Australian Small Winemakers Show
SILVER MEDAL ~ 2017 Australian Alternate Varieties Wine Show
PROVENANCE AWARDS & ACCOLADES - V13
GOLD MEDAL ~ 2015 RASQ Wine Show and Mediterranean Challenge
SILVER MEDAL ~ 2015 Clare Valley Wine Show
James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au
"Reillys certainly knows how to build them big, but counterintuitively the intensity comes from the fruit flavours every bit as much as the tannins. For those lusting after a Sangiovese to accompany bistecca fiorentina, this is the go."
The Adelaide Review HOT 100 WINES 2015
“Juicy and bouncy fruit, terrific acid line, and a very fine tannin framework. Feels chalky and savoury despite the richness of fruit. A neat balancing act.”
4 STARS & EQUAL TOP IN CATEGORY ~ Winestate Magazine, New Release, May/June 2015
“Spicy blackberry characters with excellent savoury elements. Subtle aromas, soft lingering flavours, and nice tannin structure.”
Dan Traucki, freelance wine journalist, published 7th Feb 2016 on www.facebook.com/dan.traucki
“Beautiful purple colour, aromas of cherries and berries, vibrant crisp palate with oodles of cherry flavours and some earthy tones, lingers for ages on the finish. A great Aussie Sangio”.
Jason Miller, Que-Syrah, published 15th April 2016, www.que-syrah.com/reillys-sangiovese/
“It's always good to see a wine that tastes like the variety is supposed to. Not just some wishy-wash dry red from the South-eastern part of a continent. The Reilly’s Dry Land Sangiovese is true to label. On the nose there ripe dark fruit, but supported by hints of savoury black tea and a herbal sage edge. On the palate lots of acidity, and lovely sour cherries. Again more savoury black tea characters. Tannins are textural but don’t dominate. While it's a medium-bodied Sangiovese, it does have a touch 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon to probably give it a little more body. But you know it's a Sangiovese with the usual characteristics there.”
Bottle : 750ml
Case : 12 x 750ml
Closure : Screw Cap
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