Ngeringa Sangiovese 2019
Full of dark cherries, plums and red currants, intertwined with forest leaves and earthy notes. A medium-bodied Sangiovese with well-formed approachable tannins, great fruit concentration and good length.
2019 gave little but concentrated clean fruit, with average spring rainfall, a very dry summer and several heat-waves near harvest resulting in early picking. Importantly cold nights throughout February/ March helped retained brightness in the fruit profile and high natural acidity.
The grapes are grown on a steep westerly facing slope of the Rufus Vineyard at about 360m above sea level, on rocky red ironstone and schist over clay. Quite a challenging vineyard site – facing west, it receives the belting summer sun and often is exposed to characteristic winds of the Adelaide Hills. From the top of this vineyard in the distance, however, one can see Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray River, consequently receiving cooling evening breezes, which do much to preserve fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening. Only 750 vines planted, Brunello and Chianti clones.
Fully destemmed, gently extracted and macerated on skins for 3 weeks. Matured in one older French Barrique for 18 months.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation with minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled with small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
Closure: Stelvin Screw Cap