Sangiovese vs. Chianti

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It’s Two vs One in the fantastic battle between Australia & Italy.

We love Sangiovese and of course Chianti, the birthplace of sangiovese. Our enjoyment comes from the rustic feel of this wine style. The Regional Series Sangiovese is earthy, rich and packed full of cherry flavours and aromas, it is mouth wateringly delicious.

The San Felice Chianti is a typical medium-bodied Chianti Classico with notes of classic cherry, raspberry and slight violet. The flavour is dry, with delicate tannins and a fresh acidity, put simply, delicious.

Dating back to the 14the century, Rocca Guicciarda is one of Barone Ricasoli's most storied vineyards. This wine shows classic (fresh, sappy, graphitey) yet contemporary characters in the best sense (clean, pure, textured). Silky and sweet with subtle oak and notes of dried tea, raspberry and cherry-pit outlined by fine, polished tannins.

Tough ask for Glandore to go up against two fine Chianti’s but what do you think? 2 bottles of each wine in your cheeky 6-pack when you add it to your cart.

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