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Chrismont La Zona Sangiovese CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sangiovese King Valley Victoria
Such a substantial wine is Sangiovese, so named for it's kinship to the blood of ancient Gods, mythically speaking of course. La Zona engages you with its deep, vibrant red colour, redolence of black cherries and spice on the bouquet, followed by a brazen savouryness which makes it perfect with robust cuisine. The acidity balances well with the generous round, fleshy front palate and velvety tannin structure which carries through to a dry, firm finish. A perfect food match for La Zona would be a slowly cooked Tuscan recipe such as Stufato alla Fiorentina.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
La Zona intimates style and place. The Chrismont team are proud of their unique combination of grape varietals, their bounty of vineyards and fortuitous location on the beautiful King Valley, all of which combine to form that sense of place known as terroir. Chrismont is the showcase for King Valley varietal wines, La Zona represents the perfect accompaniement to good food, celebrating the rich history of the region and the traditions of an Italian heritage steeped in winemaking. King Valley has a similar climate and landscape to Piedmont and Tuscany, the long summer days enable the Sangiovese grape to achieve genuine ripeness, accrue mouthfilling flavours and develop brisk tannins.
Deep red colour. The nose is rich with dark baked cherry and blackberry aromas, enhanced by toasted oak influence. Fruit filled and generous on the front palate, the finish is full of preserved plum/ berry characters and dry savoury tannins. Medium bodied with moderate acidity, La Zona is a perfect match for slow cooked pork belly, lamb shanks or cotechino.
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