Sangiovese is an Italian variety that is the backbone for Chianti. Sangiovese is the #1 varietal in Italy with 247,000 acres, 10% of the entire wine grape crop. The hot, dry climate, such as Tuscany provides, is where Sangiovese thrives. Because these climatic criteria generally enhance quantity, rather than quality, it takes careful cultivation and winemaking techniques to produce really excellent wine from this grape.
We find it tends to crop generously and produce thin wines unless the fruit is thinned and well ripened in a favorable year. When it all comes together, we release the wine under the Three Hills label at cellar door. The first Three Hills vintage (2004) was a ripper and it simply walked out the door. The experience has confirmed for us the basic proposition that consumers never fail to identify a really top-notch wine
The flavour profile of Sangiovese is fruity, with moderate to high natural acidity and generally ranging from firm and elegant to assertive and robust. We love our rendition of Sangiovese for its unique mix of fruit-forward appeal and savoury characters, making it the perfect picnic wine.
AROMA: AAn attractive aroma of strawberry, cherry liqueur, blue berry and black olive with notes of forest floor, charcuterie and green plum.
PALATE: A medium weight wine which displays both sweet fruit and savoury flavours. Red fruits, mulberry and Maraschino cherry are most prominent with notes of tapenade, dark chocolate and sarsaparilla. It is a complex wine with chalky tannins that perfectly complements Mediterranean food.
VARIETIES: 100% Sangiovese