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#5 Terra del Capo Sangiovese 2016

On L’Ormarins Wine Estate in Franschhoek, Anthonij Rupert Wyne makes a little range of Terra del Capo wines. The most recent one we tasted this week was the Terra del Capo Sangiovese 2016.

Grapes fully ripe were destalked, gently crushed and then after fermentation matured in 500 litre French oak barrels for a year and then prepared for bottling. The wine was matured in the bottle for a further 10 months before release.

Sangiovese grapes making use of the dawn light

I have really grown to like these more delicate wines with flavours so different to the major varieties to which we are so used. This one is all about cherries. An almost translucent, bright, cherry red in the glass. Cherries and roadside brambles on the nose. Cherries and mulberries on the rich layered complex palate. Oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla are interwoven into the lingering aftertaste with cashmere clad tannins and a dusting of grated chocolate.

My #5, Terra del Capo Sangiovese 2016 is a truly delicious wine sold at the even-handed price of R85.00 a bottle.

Obviously as a food match it is good with anything Italian – a lovely platter of charcuterie, cheeses, mostarda and other delicacies like a nice crunchy crusted ciabatta. Pasta with tomato-based sauces also a good call.

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