The 2007 Vintage of Idiom Sangiovese has garnered top points in the category of Sangiovese.
The wine is described as: ” A stylish wine with a tantalising nose and complex mouth-feel. Rich red and sour cherry aromas are enhanced by savoury notes and spicy flavours of tobacco and tar. A great balance between tannin and fruit make this a grand Sangiovese for the connoisseur.”
The results for the category highlighted two of the rare and distinctive Sangiovese’s made in the Cape: -
78 B Idiom Sangiovese 2007
72 B Anthonij Rupert Terra Del Capo Sangiovese 2008
Sangiovese is and has always been the dominant grape of red wines in Central Italy and it is most famous as the main component of the blend Chianti, Carmignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Morellino di Scansano. It is also used to make prestigious varietal wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino or Sangiovese di Romagna, as well as modern âSuper Tuscanâ wines like Tignanello. A key characteristic of Sangiovese within the vineyard is that it can vary quite considerably, very much like Pinot Noir, in that it is very sensitive to where it is planted and that it ripens fairly late.
Idiomâs Sangiovese has a good concentration of colour and flavour and it is the flavour of Sangiovese that often proves to be quite elusive but we feel we have harnessed a good balance between savoury notes of cinnamon and tobacco and more fruity components of mulberries and blackcurrant.
Very few producers in South Africa make a single varietal wine from Sangiovese but with the strong Italian heritage in the Bottega family we nurture the idea that Sangiovese is to Chianti was Cabernet Sauvignon is to Bordeaux â a grape with its own stylistic personality of elegance and complexity.
For the full results, visit: http://www.winemag.co.za/article/old-mutual-trophy-wine-show-2011-the-results-2011-05-27