Ciao Bella Sangiovese 2014

If you’re not familiar with the Italian legal wine definitions, IGT means Indicazione Geografica Tipica. This is essentially a 3rd tier of labeling where a maker can’t adhere to the top 2 levels either through the fruit used or the methods employed. Those top levels are DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) or the next rung down DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). Have a look at the label next time you buy an Italian wine and see just where it’s placed. With no maker mentioned on the label, only a bottling address, one can only assume that not only is this is exclusive to Dan Murphy’s and BWS  stores, but has been put together by their winemakers also.

Ciao Bella, Sangiovese, Toscana, IGT, 2014



Ahh la etichetta! La Dolce Vita! To ride a Vespa (translates as Wasp, so watch for the sting) and be care free. Sigh. Nose of tomato leaf and sugo, pancetta, cherry pips and some unexpected heat which prickles the nose too. It’s got enough grip to make it food friendly, it’s got enough herby edged flavour to make it slightly different to your average mid week red and it’s relatively tasty but it just it doesn’t stand out and for the price there are better choices.

 RRP: $23

Alc: 13.5%

Wine sample courtesy of Pinnacle Drinks and Dialogue PR


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