2016 Castagna la Chiave Sangiovese, Beechworth, Victoria
Regions that have been put on the map by some wonderful examples of Shiraz are now being put back on the map, or their spot on the map is enlarged, with Italian varieties. Beechworth is one. A region founded on golden known for its cool climate Shiraz, you could say is now being re-pegged for Sangiovese. This region’s cool climate, a bit of elevation and dry Summers combining with the grape deliver flavours with sharp acidity that builds the wine.
The 2016 Castagna la Chiave Sangiovese from Beechworth in Victoria is a bright crimson coloured wine. The nose acts as a key opening with balsamic and leather moving through to cherries, blueberries, herbs and a little bit of tomato. On the palate, the entrance expands with espresso and cola notes mingling with plums, cherries and leather. These flavours are highly attractive on a mid weight palate, yet the golden nugget is its gravelly tannins complimenting the lively acidity that suggests this grape has a firm place in the region’s future.
Rating: 94 pts
Drink: Now; 5-10 yrs
Tasted: February 2021