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“From the moment we laid eyes on the land, we knew we had discovered something special..”
That something special was rich undulating fields in the shadows of Mt Ida, Heathcote, Central Victoria. Tony and Linda Hunter’s vision was to create a family-run boutique vineyard where quality, passion and energy were reflected in the wine.
Embraced by children Mark and Jodi and their respective partners Melissa and Brett, Sanguine Estate expanded from 16 acres to 55 in just five years.
The family’s desire to produce great wine flows through every glass. Through natural winemaking techniques combined with small batch processing and hand plunging, the purity and integrity of the wine is enhanced.
A vintage to forget for so many reasons. Heat, drought, smoke, a very small harvest and a pandemic thanks to Covid-19. To start the drama, summer kicked in early with a very warm and dry October & November and only one relieving bit of rain late in December.
The vines struggled from the beginning with only a small canopy and a tiny 0.5 of a tonne crop – 30% of their normal crop.
Traditional winemaking practices such as small fermentation tanks, natural fermentation (i.e. no yeast additions) and gravity feeding. Whilst this can be quite labour intensive, Sanguine believe it ensures the preservation of natural fruit flavours and the Heathcote terroir character. As with all varieties produced at Sanguine Estate, the grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed, and then naturally fermented with wild indigenous yeasts in small open fermenters.
The wine is then transferred via gravity (to avoid pump shock) to predominantly French oak barriques (approximately 15% new) and left to mature for approximately 12 months.
Interestingly not as deep in colour as the previous vintage but, WOW what an amazing aromatic profile. Rich black fruits in droves with hints of bright berries and in the background an uncharacteristic complex aroma of smoky French oak lifting this Progeny shiraz to a new and surprising level. An incredibly dense rich, ripe, and juicy blackberry and plum fruit. Amazingly lush and softly textured, also a surprise for such a young wine.
Steak and creamy peppercorn sauce.
Release notes current. Has great drinkability now but has 10+ years ahead.