An Australian Sangiovese to try – Payten and Jones VV Series Sangiovese 2015, Yarra Valley

What a label! A funny one, but does not really match the style of the wine, as that could be called classical or traditional, in the Old World sense – even if this comes from Australia.

You would not mistake it for Italian Sangiovese, but it built towards European aesthetics. Savoury and restrained. At 5 years of age it’s developing but not yet mature. Thyme, pine, red fruits and some campfire smoke on the nose, the aromatics lead by herbs on the palate. Lovely grainy tannins add a welcome rustic feel to it, true to the variety. This is just honest and natural in the good sense. An interesting wine, recommended.

Rating: very good, 89 points; in it’s class: 7/10.
Price: around £22.99.
Stockist: OZ Wines UK (out of stock currently, it seems).
Tasted: March, 2020.
Source: own purchase.
Drinking window: now-2022.

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