Wine of the week… affordable Italian for $17

2018 Vino Lascito Sangiovese Rubicone $16.99

Sangiovese is Italy’s most abundant grape variety, writes author Ian d’Agata in his award winning book, Italy’s Native and Traditional Grapes. It’s probably the country’s most important grape variety too, given the huge number of wines made from it. And despite a roller coaster of styles, synonyms and regions in which it is produced, Sangiovese remains the heart and soul of a massive amount of Italy’s most exciting wines. It makes up at least 55,000 hectares of vineyards from the top to the toe of the Italian boot, including in the northern region of Romagna, arguably better known for its Lambrusco, fruit and nut liqueurs. This wine is made in high volumes in Romagna by winemaker Scipione Giuliani, who uses the appassimento (dried grape winemaking) method to produce a modestly priced wine with great concentration and dry flavours.

There is no shortage of extremely good quality New Zealand reds to write about this week but this extremely affordable, super drinkable Italian wine took my fancy. It over delivers on price and flavour.

Available from specialist stores.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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