If you are a cricket fan, you love it when your favourite batsman scores a hundred (runs) and, when they don’t reach such a milestone, but still make a few runs for the team, we tend to find the positives in their contribution. When Ed Sheeran has a number 1 hit song, we love it and play it over and over again. When he doesn’t quite hit the note with a tune, we are such fans that we still sing along with plenty of verve. And let’s face it, a star cricketer and a talented musician are going to have more hits than misses.
Same can be said for the current release Tempranillo and Sangiovese from Angullong wines. I say that in the context of checking back on my notes of the 2018 vintage of these wines (they were beauties!). As we all know, vintage conditions can vary from year to year which can and do have an effect on the resultant wines. These may not attract the accolades that the 2018s did but they are still very good wines, don’t you worry about that.
Region: Orange Region, NSW Price: $28 Source: Sample courtesy of Angullong Wines and Define Wine
A very attractive colour, similar to the Tempranillo. It’s quite aromatic where cherry characters dominate, there’s a herbal note too and some berry influence. Very enjoyable to taste and drink thanks to a good amount of cherry flavour on the medium-ish bodied palate. I realise it’s only two years old, but there’s a certain youthfulness to it which may be thanks to the additional contribution of fresh, mixed berry characters. There’s a sprinkle of herbs, subtle amounts of tannin and oak as it finishes nice and clean.
A lovely deep ruby colour in the glass followed by plenty of red fruits on the nose with just a hint of earthiness. On the palate, it leans toward the lighter end of medium bodied, with the fruit flavours more in the ripe red fruits and cherry characters and a pleasant savouriness as well. There’s a nice smoothness to it even if the oak just shows its hand and the tannins present on the moderate length finish.