Sangiovese is a variety dominant in the Tuscan region of Italy, the word literally meaning “blood of Jove” and is best known for it’s role in Chianti. Being a bit of a Chameleon, it is a wonderful grape for wine making, allowing so many expressions of styles. At Kingsley Grove we use this versatile grape to make Rosé, sparkling Rosé and other styles of red. Whilst it is becoming more widely grown in Australia, it was first introduced in numbers in the 1960’s. It is a variety that loves the Queensland summer and is well suited to the climate. In fact we believe that it is made for Queensland vineyards.
This vintage has been made in a Super Tuscan style which are generally more robust than the traditional Chianti, a bigger wine with more pronounced tannins. They tend to be full boided,but maintain the higher acidity of this variety which make them great food wines. This style was born in the 1970s, when some Tuscan producers came to believe that the legal rules governing the production of Chianti were too restrictive with the prohibition of blending in non-traditional grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Shiraz. However, as with this wine, the Super Tuscan can be 100% Sangiovese and maintain the essence of the style.
This vintage is a vertical blend of Sangiovese, created to create a rich Mediterranean Red which is best enjoyed with hearty foods and good friends.
Blend: 100% Sangiovese (65% from 2009)
Standard Drinks: 8.8
Date Picked: 7/3/209
Time in oak: 36 months
Oak used: American Hogshead & French Barrique