Primo Estate Il Briccone 2013 Shiraz, Sangiovese, McLaren Vale, Australia

Drunk September 2015 @ home

The wine

Il Briccone (The Rogue) is a blend of the Sangiovese grape and Shiraz from one of my favourite Australian wineries, Primo Estate, courtesy of Joe Grilli. Sangiovese is of course more commonly associated with Italian wines and particularly Chianti giving a distinctive fruity acidity and Shiraz is the personification of Australia's McLaren Vale.

Fermented Grape tasting notes

Plum, black cherry and blackcurrant on the palate with pepper and herby notes with a little extra acidity than a standard McLaren Vale Shiraz courtesy of the Sangiovese. Another very enjoyable wine from Primo.

Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Reserva 2012 Rocca Guicciarda, Chianti, Italy

Drunk August 2014 @ Home

barone ricasoli 2012

The wine tasting notes

For the price (around £13) this was great value and a good example of a classic Chianti. There was plenty of red and black cherry plus plum and raspberry fruit on the palate with a nice herby, slightly spiced finish. Then there is the Sangiovese acidity which I love with pasta but with finesse. You can't go too far wrong at the price point.

Brunello Di Montalcino Casa Di Baldassi 2004, Tuscany, Italy


Brunello is produced from Sangiovese grapes and is known as the 'King of Italian reds' with a DOCG denomination (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata E Garantita). Brunello Di Montalcino Casa Di Baldassi 2004 is made in the hills surrounding the town of Montalcino in Southern Tuscany, south of Sienna, and is aged in oak barrels for two years.

Cherries and plums hit you between the eyes with this excellent example of a Brunello. Plenty of depth without being over powered by fruit or alcohol. The colour is striking, closer to Pinot Noir, with its light red tint.

Not cheap, but this Brunello rewards the drinker as the bottle progresses with incredible flavours hitting you as is slips down. A class Italian.