The DiGiorgio story started in Australia in 1952, with the arrival of Stefano who right from the start, held an interest in the Lucindale area of the Limestone Coast. The Family have varied interests in all manner of agriculture, and in 1989 planted their first vines and by 1998 had 126 hectares under vine, with fruit sold off to the major players. But that year saw the family decide to take the donkey by the bridle and produce wine under their own label. 2002 Saw the family procure the 2nd oldest winery in the Coonawarra district.
If you’re in Australia and not familiar with DiGiorgio, make sure you get along to see them at one of the Coonawarra Roadshows that is had across the country each year.
DiGiorgio Family, Chardonnay, Coonawarra, 2014
Wild yeasts and allowed through Malolactic fermentation. French oak. Soft flax in colour. Cashews, peach slices and lemon curd on the nose. Creamy lemon and lemon pith up front leads to fine bodied middle palate. Plenty of nutmeg spice and good phenolic grip, but with sour grapefruit and almost bitter roasting coffee notes. Overall a touch dull and muted.
DiGiorgio Family, “Lucindale,” Merlot, Limestone Coast, 2012
16 months in French and American oak. All old school leather elbow patches, pencils, cassis, blackcurrant cordial syrup and an edge of roasted beetroot earthiness.
Plums and prunes under oak spice influence. A black tea herbaceous note that leads to fine, almost gritty tannins. The American oak makes this a touch sweet, but still pleasant without reaching great heights.
DiGiorgio Family, Montepulciano, Coonawarra, 2014
Nice packaging, with tactile and textured label, almost reminiscient of CorFlute. Deep purple and dark hearted in the glass. Purple. Just smells purple. Along with rosemary, brine, pepper and musky cherry. A little syrupy on the palate and fuller than the ABV suggests. Pippy black cherry, spicy pepper and thick, almost unctuous purple/black fruits. Tannins are forward and puckering. Certainly would love some roast beast. By day 2, the tannins had settled down and was a lovely, drinkable wine.
Wine samples courtesy of DiGiorgio Wines