'The Mongrel' Tasting Notes


Vintage 2018
Winemaker's Notes Sangiovese is enigmatic to the point of being problematic. It will not be pushed in a direction that it doesn’t want to go. I got a whole lot better at working with it when I realised that what I want matters very little to this grape. These days I just try to help it along – if nothing else then this approach yields less grey hairs.
Drink Now through two years for reliable pleasure.
Bouquet Split stone, blood, iron, and masses of red cherries. Sweet tobacco and cotton candy. Further wafts of rose petals, bitumen, and ripe red apples.
Palate The fine texture gives length to an ever-present pulpy fruit. Drying, salivating, fruit filled melodrama that demands a pasta.
Food Match If it involves pasta, and particularly a red sauce, you will be hard pressed to find a better match.
Analysis TA: 6.4, <2 g/l, ph: 3.52, ALC: 14.8%