Sam Miranda Sangiovese Cabernet 2010
This is an intensley rich and brooding red wine with great depth of colour, flavour and aroma, and fabulous structure. On release, this blend is a perfect balance of fresh Sangiovese red fruit and earthiness, and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon blackberry and cassis. The structure combination of Sangiovese's linear acidity and flavour length, rounded by ripe Cabernet tannins and a touch of vanillin oak, suggesting the wine will age very gracefully, very much in the style of its traditional namesakes.
Each small batch of fruit was handled separatley, with the final blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon not detirmined until just prior to bottling. Both varieites were fermented in small static fermenters, with gentle cap management, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was allowed to macerate on skins for 5 days after the completion of primary fermentation. Malolactic fermentation and maturation for 12 months was in French Oak barrels, of which thirty percent was new.
Both varieties were harvested from the best single vineyards in the King Valley, near the town of Cheshunt. As is usual in the King Valley, harvest timing was in response to ripeness of flavour and asid balance rather thansugar indicies. Sangiovese was harvested early April with the Cabernet Sauvignon late March.
Cellar Door Release Super King Sangiovese Cabernet
Score: 90 points
Review by: James Halliday , Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon