Thirty grapes in thirty days: Sangiovese

Just three days til Christmas!

With robust red wines a great pairing for Christmas dinner (with all the trimmings!) we have a perfect excuse to talk about Sangiovese. Sangiovese is a red Italian grape originally grown in Tuscany. Once upon a time Sangiovese was known for its role in cheap Italian reds and grew itself a bad reputation with little to offer on the palate. Thankfully this story now longer exists and Sangiovese has rocketed back into the world of great wine!

Sangiovese has a palate to suit everyone. Where the grape is grown really determines the aroma and taste of the wine. Sangiovese grown on the border of Tuscany have great delicate floral aromas whereas wines grown in the centre of Puglia are intensely dark with notes of tobacco, leather and bitter cherry.

Sangiovese also works great as a blend. Chianti is a fantastic red created in the region of Tuscany using Sangiovese and Cannaiolo grapes. The savoury taste of Sangiovese creates a seriously rustic Chianti which is divine when paired with spicy sausage dishes and roasted game meats. Deep garnet red with flavours of spicy ripe red cherries and liquorice.



by Rebekah Hilton

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