Scented and heady.
There had to be an Italian involved in this wine and there is: Alberto Antonini, partner in crime with Liberty’s David Gleave and viticulturalist Mark Walpole; hence the Italianate nature of the beast, an attractive, vanilla spice and thyme-scented, sweet and sour cherryish red whose concentration of flavour and typically Italianate acidity shows the potential for the Chianti variety in Heathcote.
100 Best Australian Wines 2010
"My goodness me, a 100% Sangiovese makes the grade forthe very first time this year. Perhaps it's not surprising though, becuase in very small letters on the back label one David Gleave MW (Italian specialist shipper) gets a mention. He knows the form and that's why this works as well as it does. The fruity character of Greenstone does not try to emulate the wines of Chianti or Brunello, it simply reflects the pecularities of its Heathcote position and in this way it tells a very credible story about why it tastes like it does and where it comes from. With tangy cranberry and cherry notes, and a decent whack of sun-dried herbs and wistful meadow flowers, this is a gastronome's delight when it comes to food and wine matching - braised lamb shank is certain to be at the front of the pack."
A superstar Sangiovese for this country, it has oodles of cherry, red berry hints a touch of leaf litter and an intriguing mix of the sweet and savoury notes.
The 2007 Sangiovese is a marvelous first effort and one of the better Sangioveses from Australia that I’ve tried. Deep garnet purple in colour, it reveals black cherry, red plum and underbrush notes with nuances of Mediterranean herbs and stewed tea. Crisp with medium-firm fine tannins and good concentration managed with a medium body, the finish is long.
Winemaker: Alberto Antonini, famous Tuscan producer and global consultant. Part-owner: Alberto Antonini. If that isn’t a vote of confidence for Sangiovese (clones selected by Antonini in Tuscany) in this part of Australia, we don’t know what is. There’s a lot about this wine that makes it one of the most convincing Sangioveses we’ve seen outside Tuscany – concentrated cherry fruit with an underpinning of spicy, savoury chewiness – but the vanilla flavour from new oak is a jarring note. A bit less of that in future vintages and we’ll be giving this a score that justifies its price.