Save Our Souls Sagrantino 2017
Alc/vol. 13.6%. 257 dozen made
Sagrantino from Chalmers Vineyard in Merbein
anise, dark berries, plums, cherries, black olives, tea, sarsaparilla, juicy, fun
EAT : Salami, all the salami. Braised oxtail ragu or venison carpaccio.
This wine is slightly denser than the 2016 yet still intensely aromatic delivering the almost caricature like spice of Sarsaparilla with plums and crushed cherries. Party hearty!
The vineyard that Bruce Chalmers established in 2010 on a sandy/loam plot just outside the town of Mildura has provided Sagrantino that has been somewhat of a fascination. The dry and hot climate with access to good irrigation is a step away from all our other fruit sources. Soil biodiversity is impressive and vineyard management is based on organic principles. The grapes also come with high pH and low acids.
Picked in mid-February the fruit was destemmed into an open fermenter for chilling for 48 hours. The must was then allowed to start spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast. There was minimal pumping to avoid excess extraction from a fairly tannic variety. Following primary fermentation, the wine was pressed to old oak for 12 months maturation. Only minimal Sulphur was added prior to bottling.