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Saturday 5 March 2011

Grove Estate The Italian Sangiovese Barbera 2008

From the Hilltops region of NSW, this 50/50 blend of varietals of Italian origin Sangiovese and Barbera, is a balanced representation of its constituent parts.

The Sangiovese provides savoury aromas and these are readily apparent on introduction to the wine, where earthen notes strike you -  to then be supported by some plum and cherry from the fruit-driven Barbera.

In the mouth, the wine is smooth, medium bodied.  There's some black pepper and mouth-filling spice.  A good touch of oak provides some background interest and also a coffee-ish conclusion.  The finish shows some fine tannin but it really is a bit part to those aromas and peppery spice spoken of earlier.

Source: Sample
Price: $20 (CD Price)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap


  1. I really like the sound of this.

  2. It was interesing. I've been really impressed with the reds from Grove Estate, and Hilltops in general (also see the wines of Moppity Vineyards that I've written up hear).

    Yet another destination I need to get myself too!

    Thanks again.