Sagrantino is a bold, tannic Umbrian variety that thrives in warmer vintages. Chalmers imported the vines and pioneered the variety in Australia making Sagrantino wines since 2004. The 2012 Chalmers Heathcote Sagrantino is deep and robust without being overbearing. It shows ample dark cherry and plum fruits while the palate is finer than the nose suggests with the sturdy but elegant tannins driving all the way through to the finish.
A typical expression of a grape variety that is absolutely unique in terms of power and longevity, the Sagrantino from Tenuta Castelbuono amazes one with its mellowness, which results from skilful vineyard husbandry and long ageing in large oak casks.
A deep, luminous ruby red in colour; concentrated and refined.
The nose is a triumph of blackberry jam and blueberries – typical of the variety – with attractive and intense notes of cherries in brandy, carob and rose petals. Its traditionally-styled profile is further enhanced by liquorice and chocolate notes.
It has a distinct creaminess on the palate, along with very powerful, mellow fruit. The finish is long and persistent, with precisely defined tannins of rare finesse, elegance and gentleness.