Hither & Yon Aglianico 2013
Of all the new generation Mediterranean red grapes to come our way, I’ve got to pick Aglianico as one of my favourites. Sagrantino I like too, for that matter. Too get this much structure and flavour at 12.6% alcohol suggests that Aglianico might like it in McLaren Vale too. Now we just need an Aussie shortening for it (like Rizza for Riesling). How about Agli?
Bright plum red; the nose has a soft red fruit fragrance – there’s a reference on the back label to ‘pink marshmallow’ which I think is great. Sappy, dry palate is framed with tannins – bitter, mouth-cleansing, proper tannins. Complement that with some cherry red fruit late juiciness and you’ve got frankly one utterly delicious, dry and savoury red. Those tannins are perhaps just a little too bitter, but gee it makes for a refreshing and vital one.
Massive yes. Drink 2015-2025+. 18/20, 93/100
Details: 12.6%, Screwcap, $27, Sample
Would I buy it? Yes. I’d need something meaty, but I’d smash a half bottle.
Buy online: Wines Warehouse, Hither & Yon website
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