I will admit that I had some reservations about having Sangiovese anything from Australia, but living on the wild side, as I do so often, I put my ‘this grape belongs in this geography’ mindset aside, and picked up the BellaRiva King Valley Sangiovese Merlot 2010, red blend. The interesting thing to note about Australia’s King Valley is that it is known for its collection of wineries producing vino from varietals normally associated with Italy. One of the sites we referenced, referred to the King Valley as Australia’s Mediterranean. Now knowing this made finding a dominantly Sangiovese based wine in this region, not so surprising anymore.
On colour, the BellaRiva King Valley Sangiovese Merlot 2010 holds a silken ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of raspberry, plum, and some spice are present. On the palate, the tannins and well tempered acidity dance nicely together, making a smooth mouth feel apparent. Tastes of rhubarb, and the raspberry you nosed also live in the mouth, along with cherry. This is a complex wine that becomes more fruit forward, the longer it sits. It is a surprisingly satisfying Australian (Italian) red blend and is making me consider doing a King Valley hunt to see if other attempts at producing wines, not naturally thought of as Australian, will be as good.
Interesting fact; there is a small bit of Tempranillo in this red blend, making it more reminiscent of what I would expect to find from western European wine producers over that of one from Australia!
This wine retails at the LCBO for $18.95
We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5.