Sangiovese is a grape that has a lot going for it. Think savoury, meaning it’s great with food; it has a cherry flavour which is a contrast to most other grapes we grow and it holds very good tannin structure. Its natural acidity means it always has an interesting and lively palate.
There were moves against this Merlot – some people would happily rip this grand Dame out by the roots and plant more Shiraz. If I had only ever tasted the big company Merlots I might have been there with a shovel myself, but this is something different. Every reason to plant and care for Merlot is right here in this glass and the argument to do so is compelling.
Renowned as one of the world’s great red grapes, Cabernet arguably finds its greatest expression in the maritime climate of Bordeaux. McLaren Vale is warmer and drier, but shares those maritime conditions.
We definitely didn’t blend by mistake but were certainly surprised how with well it all worked. Five years in and we know what the Agent looks like – if not always what grapes will be needed to create it.
In a Three Card Monte, as hard as the mark tries to choose a winning card from three, the dealer always wins. We have turned this on its head by using only winning cards, so that the real trick is not which but how well all three go together. A neat trick where everyone is a winner.
Shhhh, I know how this looks, but it isn’t an accident and that’s all I’m going to say on the matter. Sometimes strange things just work – like the wild combo of peanut butter, banana, and bacon that makes the Elvis Sandwich. Unexpected certainly but proven fit for a king.