Renegade, 'Josh' Sangiovese 2021
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So Sangiovese is generally the principal grape used in Chianti. That famous Silence of the Lambs wine. This wine is no Chianti. Why not? Well to be a Chianti, you need to, amongst other things, grow the grapes in Tuscany. These grapes are grown a lot further south, in the heel of Italy in Puglia.
The grapes are left to ferment in contact with the skins (with daily manual punch downs) for nearly 4 weeks before being pressed off and transferred back to stainless steel for aging. The resulting wine is soft, fresh, fruity, and velvety with notes of violets and nutmeg. Medium/light body/colour. Soft tannins. Gentle soft oak.
Renegade isn't a traditional producer as they don't have a vineyard and instead buy their grapes depending on quality from growers in the UK and as far and wide as Albania. This may seem mad to a lot of traditionalists however a great line/description on their about us page is "Just like a chef who can select in-season vegetables from the best growers, we can change suppliers and pick the best grapes depending on the weather, regional variances and other external factors" which when you think about it seems obvious right? Why have the restraints of having to use the same grapes year in year out even if you know the previous vintage was better? Anyway, we have long been fans of these guys not because of their ethos and culture or their incredibly original labeling but because their wines absolutely BANG!
Region: Puglia, Italy