Sangiovese McLaren Vale South Australia
Il Vescovo is the Bishop, a medium bodied Sangiovese wine, vinified from grapes grown to the cooler climes of Kangarilla in McLaren Vale. Sangiovese is endowed with a distinctive and unique personality that exudes savouriness and rustic earthiness. The quintessential Italian red, it possesses vivacious natural acid levels which work closely with silky tannins to make it an exemplary accompaniement to food. Styled to the new wave of super Tuscans, Il Vescovo exhibits lifted berry fruit flavours, solid structure and a multi dimensional palate.
Sangiovese offers unique savoury fruit characters and the most splendid tannins. Parcels are sourced from Chapel Hill's Kangarilla vineyard located at the foothills of the Mount Lofy Ranges on the eastern border of McLaren Vale. This mesoclimate is ideal for encouraging Sangiovese to reveal all of its varietal charm. Grapes are vinified in small open fermenters and gently hand plunged to encourage the preferential extraction of subtle savoury qualities while avoiding any astringent tannins. After a total of nine days on skins the ferment is basket pressed and the wine racked into a selection of seasoned French oak barrels for sixteen months to encourage the expression of grainy varietal tannins.
Deep red in colour. Aromas of bay leaf, violets and pancetta. The palate is alive with flavours of sage, cherries and sun dried tomatoes, balanced by chalky tannins and a lingering savoury finish. The unique varietal charm of Il Vescovo commands interest, as the higher natural acidity and firm tannin of Sangiovese allows it to pair well with Mediterranean cuisine, particularly tomato based recipes.