The Islander Sangiovese 2016



This is magnificent. Cherry-red, the nose is an inviting blend of vanillin oak notes supported by subtle red fruit and hints of leather. Medium weight but full of fl avour and texture, there’s a beautifully balanced spread of spice and grip across the palate, leading into a classically dry, lingering finish. Try with pasta, osso bucco or a platter of dried meats and cured cheeses, you won’t believe how good life can taste.

Sangiovese on Kangaroo Island? Believe it or not, the schist soils on the Islander Estate vineyards are similar to those in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, the original home of this noble Italian grape. Sangiovese grows best when planted in areas with good drainage and cooler temperatures, which help to retain its famous tannic grip and acidity. So Kangaroo Island, located off mainland Australia’s south coast, is perfect for it!

  • Rich, smooth, savoury
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Screwcap

Producer: The Islander Estate Vineyards

Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island, is an island of immense natural beauty with a great array of wildlife including the native kangaroo, wallabies, penguins, mighty wedge-tailed eagles, platypus and koalas.

The 300 hectare Islander Estate, which was established by Bordeaux winemaker Jacques Lurton in 2000, sits near Parndana in the Heartland district and was selected by the Frenchman when visiting in 1997 due to its desirable combination of heritage agricultural and vineyard potential and north facing slopes. Three years later his dream was realised with the planting of an 11 hectare vineyard with varieties Jacques had enjoyed working with around the world — Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Grenache, Viognier and Semillon.

Rated as a 5-star “outstanding” winery by Australia’s pre-eminent wine critic James Halliday, the estate boasts state of the art winemaking equipment, most of which was shipped from France including a modern 70 tonne winery with a winning combination of large wooden vats and smaller French barriques for ageing. Whilst he considers the soils to be quite similar to those of Fitou in Languedoc-Roussillon, Southern France, Jacques found an immense amount of variation in terroir with respect to soils, rainfall, aspect and winemaking style, all of which influenced the resulting wine.

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