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Sangiovese, the ancient Roman grape variety, is a widely planted grape throughout Italy and offers a fantastic selection of drinking wines not only from its ancestral home but from farther afield as well. The best red wine possibilities have been collected by experienced wine experts at The Wine Collective who draw on over 70 years of experience within the world of winemaking and producing. We have developed and curated our selection through dedicated testing across Australia and around the world and are excited to share with you what we’ve found so far, as well as what awaits to be discovered.
Our reds include everything that you’d expect to find, a few specials that might surprise like our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Rose wine. Moving into the red blends sift through our stunning collections of Sangiovese Nebbiolo Tempranillo, Sangiovese Grosso as well as our selection of Shiraz blend wines including Sangiovese Shiraz, Cabernet Malbec Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Liqueur Shiraz, Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre and Shiraz Grenache Viognier. More blends await within the world of red including Tempranillo Garnacha blends, Merlot Malbec Cabernet, and more Merlot blends including Sangiovese Merlot. Our selection of sparkling red wine varieties including sparkling Shiraz, sparkling Shiraz Cabernet, and sparkling Merlot and sparkling Rose.
Committed to supporting small and medium sized wine producers, we always find that it’s there that the passion and drive required to always develop a better and better wine is truly found. This includes a selection of white wine varieties starting with the popular Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, as well as a variety of white blends including Semillon Viognier, Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Semillon Riesling Chardonnay, Botrytis Chardonnay, Semillon Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc. Our dessert wine delights encompass Fortified Wines as well as a range of sweet Moscato Wines and many more.
What type of wine is Sangiovese?
The Sangiovese is an Italian wine that likely dates back to the height of the Roman Empire. It’s known for being a light bodied and savoury tasting wine with notes of tomato and cherry flavours from traditional makers and vintners in its home country. It’s also often described as being ‘rustic’ with lots of depth and plenty of earthy tastes. Like the Pinot Noir grape, it takes on its geographical surroundings very nicely which means that regionally speaking, this wine can taste quite different to other single varietals even produced within the same country.
It’s one of the most prolifically planted grape varieties throughout Italy, particularly in Tuscany, and its history is argued to date back to those ancient Etruscan days where long summers and excellent wine were accompanied by philosophical conversations and the discovery of the high arts. Some have traced its name back to various possible roots, including ‘Blood of Jove’ which, while not the most appetising of names, certainly sounds quite ancient. From the eighteenth century onwards, the history is a lot clearer regarding Sangiovese and its growing popularity among wine drinkers not only at home in Italy, but elsewhere around the world as well. Whether it was a grape cultivated by the Romans or not is hard to say, even after DNA testing was carried out to reveal that the modern Sangiovese has a lot of other grape varieties within its DNA stream including Ciliegiolo and Calabrese Montenuovo.
Grown extensively throughout the region of Chianti, it was largely hidden within wine blends for hundreds of years, but the Sangiovese should, and is, finally striving out on its own and holding the stage quite well both at home in Italy as well as elsewhere around the world, including Australia.
It has quite a stronghold in Argentina and the United States as well but when we’re talking about Australian Sangiovese, we’re talking about strong sour cherry notes and a delicious spectrum of other taste characteristics that deepen the rustic appeal of this very drinkable wine. Rather than used as alternative varieties of grapes to fatten other blends up, Australian winemakers have been carefully crafting their Sangiovese as single varietal planted in Australia specifically for stand alone wines. The result has been very successful with awards won, particularly for South Australia wine regions like the Adelaide Hills. It quickly grew to prominence as an artisanal wine, recalling old world charm and, again, we come across that ‘rustic’ descriptor.
It’s landing in Australia came much later than other red wine grapes with vineyards not really reaching any prominence for the traditional Italian wine until the middle of the 1980’s when, in McLaren Vale, an area home to many Italian winemakers, it started to really shine. Being one of the Italian reds, the grape prefers the Mediterranean climates of slightly warmer regions, but it has done especially well throughout the King Valley as well, in southern Victoria. Standout blends include the King Valley rose wine blends as well as Italian Shiraz wine blends.
When it comes to knowing how to drink an excellent bottle of Sangiovese, head straight to Italian cuisine for inspiration, particularly hovering over tomato based dishes. Often a lighter bodied red wine likes a hearty meal pairing consisting of roasted meats and red meat at that. And, this one does very well beside them, especially at barbeques where there’s a lot of grilling of meat going on. The Sangiovese wines are also a lot more forgiving, however, and vegetarians can breathe a small sigh of relief. The peppery taste characteristics of this very versatile wine make it ideally paired with a range of pasta dishes, especially vegetable heavy dishes. Be sure to be very liberal with the olive oil and the buttery sauces which pair beautifully with the wine’s natural tannins.
When it comes to cheese pairing options, choose the hard cheeses like cheddar and gouda and be liberal with some bruschetta on the cheese plate. A rustic sipping wine, and excellent Chianti alternative, the Sangiovese is a must try option for your next meal. It will suit warm weather and cool weather easily. Sip it at your local barbeque or picnic or curl up with your glass and a good book, great cheese and listen to the rain fall outside while you stare into a warm home fire.
All of our wines have been carefully curated by our wine experts and tasting notes accompany our selection online. If you’re having trouble nailing down the Sangiovese you really want to try or you’re not sure on the taste profile, don’t hesitate to chat with a wine consultant who can help you develop a must-try list and start you on a Sangiovese self-guided tour. We can help you compare traditional Tuscan varieties alongside the New World United States varieties, and then you can do a final comparison alongside traditional winemakers crafting their own vintages here in Australia. This variety is definitely worth taking the time to acquaint yourself with.
Order online from our exhaustive selections and enjoy delivery directly to your door anywhere in Australia. A world of excellent wine awaits you and you have chosen a stunning and exciting red wine variety to start you on your way.