Sangiovese has some way to come in Australia to try to match some of the incredible Tuscan Chiantis. There’s usually a certain “x” factor missing from them, but I’ve been most impressed by these coming from the hand of Marnie Roberts, winemaker for Claymore Wines. Here’s a small dalliance (only only 180 dozen produced), not only does the nomenclature move away from either music or the Liverpool Football Club, but the structure and style of the wine is a little more restrained than some of the ‘bigger’ offerings to come from the house. This isn’t a bad thing. 15 month maturation in old oak only.
Claymore Wines, Blackbird, Sangiovese, Clare Valley, 2016
Opens with lifted, perfumed aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry; balanced by earthier tones of older leather, straw, green olive and walnut. Hints of the Chianti “x” factor with a herbaceous yet meaty note that could be labelled ‘rustic’ or even better: ‘old world.’ Sour cherry, cola nut and coconut vie for first attention on the palate with firm yet supple tannins that rumble plentiful and dutifully underneath. Good length of flavour and the finish gives a just a little kick of bittersweet, dark orange-like “chinotto” and cheesy, meatiness. Grab a tomato based pasta dish or a big plate of salumi and open a bottle.
Wine sample courtesy of Claymore Wines