Mad Dog Sangiovese, Barossa Valley, Australia 2012

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Mad Dog Sangiovese, Barossa Valley, Australia 2012

18.95

Australia’s influence on Italy’s way of life can hardly be overstated, it pervades everything from the language to the culture (as you will now, “buon giorno” is simply a bastardisation of the Australian “G’day”). Less well-known is that Puccini was a virtuoso on the didgeridoo and Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘bunga bunga’ parties were named after the aboriginal word for clown. While this is all palpable nonsense, it is true that the reverse is happening in Australia’s winemaking scene at the moment, as Italian grape varieties are finding an extraordinary affinity with the conditions in various regions and this Sangiovese from the Barossa Valley is a cracking example. You get that gorgeous sour cherry ‘Chianti’ hit on the nose, but the palate opens up to richer, more opulent flavours, with really succulent notes of plum, shoe polish (something I often associate with Italy), loose tea and dark, fruit-soaked wood. Mad Dog Munzenberg has done a cracking job with this.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Aromas of cherry and tobacco leaves and a hint of marzipan. Ripe, full and really vibrant red fruit. There’s a layer of camphor and sandalwood and spice that traces a framework of savoury crunch around the gloriously voluptuous fruit. But it’s the fruit that shines. Drink 2016-2021." 16.5 points

Jancis Robinson.com (Julia Harding): "Mid garnet with a brick rim. Seductively ripe, sweet red cherries. Lively and juicy with an Italianate bite and an Aussie sweetness. Lots of pleasure and fun - with or without food. Drink now-2018" 16.5 points

Customer comments:

"Congratulations - you hit the ball out of the park.  The Mad Dog is lovely, and right up our street!" - Mrs. D.H., November 2016

"Loved the Mad Dog Sangiovese!" - Mr. A.M., November 2016

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