Balancing Heart Vineyard 2017 Sagrantino

This variety from Montefalco is different and spectacularly so. This wine is unique on The Granite Belt, no other winery has one from Estate or local GI fruit and that alone is a good enough reason to visit Balancing Heart and try this different variety. The adventure though comes with a requirement – you need to be able to appreciate dry tannic red wines that are predominantly savoury/sour with some bitterness, the slight bitterness isn’t from green fruit, instead it’s a true expression of the variety and speaks with importunity of the need for hearty food accompaniment.2017 sagrantino

Not quite as deeply coloured as other young Saggys I’ve encountered, pinot or grenache like towards the rim and purple/red in the deeper well. The complex offering in the bouquet promises much and does take a little time for your senses to unravel the experience but I’d encourage you to remain with it at least for a little while. Black olives, some smoky notes, black and red fruits, bitter dark chocolate, dried herbs and a kind of dirty earthiness all participate in the unfurling redolence.

The palate has very good length and it is extended by dry furry/chalky tannins that, nevertheless, are not as compelling as I would expect in a very young Sagrantino but which still make a Cabernet Sauvignon somewhat jealous. The flavours are savoury with some dried herb bitterness and feature a smooth textural palatal embrace. There are also kalamata olives, dark bitter chocolate, black cherries, some red raspberries, chorizo and jamon serrano plus more subtle/complex charcuterie flavours, an underlying embracing earthy, dirty mineral aspect offers further enjoyment. The acid is fresh and well balanced, indeed balance, complexity and overall structure exemplify this wine.

So a different experience for visitors to Granite Belt Cellar Doors, if you like big complex, dry red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre and if you enjoy the tannins in Tannat and Nebbiolo you are going to love Sagrantino.

Tasted: Friday 18th December, 2020 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $49
Suggested Drinking Window: now to 2032
Winemaker: Mike Hayes
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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