Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Felsina Chianti Classico

Australian winemakers are complaining about the high growth of imports. Yet, the reality is they are not just a curiosity factor, but they have become very competitive here. Apart from the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc phenomenon (which is likely to implode), there is Chablis which competes with good quality Aussie Chardonnay, there is Tempranillo, which offers an alternative to our heavy Shirazes and Cabernets, and then there is Sangiovese.

Pairing a Sangiovese with a minced meat and tomato based dish is one of the perfect combinations. Fattoria di Felsina has been a very reliable producer and this 2006 Felsina Chianti Classico does not disappoint. This is a medium to full bodied wine with red and black cherry flavours complemented by earthy flavours. The mouthfeel is satisfying, although not very persisting, as the wine's acidity cuts through the food. This wine does not deliver enough on its own, but it is an excellent food wine: not imposing, but strong enough to be an equal partner.

Score: 91/++

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