The Sangiovese grapes comes from an old Penfolds vineyard block at the back of Sevenhill that borders my Grandfather’s farm. The vineyard is set on the West facing slope with the Sangiovese vines up on a high ridge with the rows running North South at an elevation of 520m and the vines planted between 1992-1994
The Sly Fox Sangiovese 2022 style produces a wine which is more slinky and sly with more sophistication that will pair well with more complex and richer food. To create this style the parcel of wine has 75% of the soft skin pressing blended in to the free run juice and then is aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months to allow the rich fruit profile to develop and to produce more complex and refined mouth feel and depth.
The extra weight of the pressings add more depth in colour and mouthfeel with notes of strawberry and cherry fruit holding on the mid palate with savoriness holding longing supported by the new oak. It develops more mid-palate depth and broader mouthfeel which will evolve further over time with extended cellaring.
Food Match: Spicy Italian Meatballs
Drink Now or Cellar 5 – 10yrs
Released December 5th 2023 – Only 120 dozen produced
pH – 3.40
TA – 6.82
Alc – 14.0%