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Vignerons Schmolzer and Brown Indigo Sangiovese 2019

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Beechworth, VIC, Australia


These guys are a small operation based in Beechworth, but they do make a few wines from the King Valley and Alpine Valley too. Handpicked fruit, indigenous yeasts for fermentation and only minimal sulphur dioxide - certainly the stripped back style of winemaking which is gaining a lot of traction with smaller producers.

A russety red colour which is fairly typical of Sangiovese, but on the paler side. This is hypnotically fragrant - the kind of wine you could just smell for ages. Fresh rosemary, red cherry, forest berries, leather and prosciutto, raspberry liqueur, oregano and bitter stems. I feel like the wine is all nose though. The palate is fairly clean, simple and fresh, with blood orange, red grape, cherry juice and eucalyptus. The tannin is soft and grainy, an there isn't much of it. The acid levels are good, making this a juicy, almost nouveau style of Sangiovese. The freshness of this lends itself to bitterness (spinach, radicchio, radish etc). The more I drink this, the more I like it. A splashy decant would do this a lot of favours.

Rating: ★★★

Have it with? Get yourself some pizza and mellow out.

Classic, weird or funky? Classic

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