"Vigneron Keppel Smith has a mate who suggested he spends some time in Umbria, and by virtue of that, has ended up planting sagrantino in his Beechworth vineyard. “They are cantankerous vines”, he offers, “and it’s taken 15 years from planting to first crop I thought was approaching good enough”. Well, here’s my first look at sagrantino from Savaterre. No regional information on bottle or label, however, which is also kind of interesting.
Quite strong in smoky notes and char, choc-liqourice and earthiness, you could say savoury but there’s a strong ‘ripe’ element in the wine, dark cherry and plummy fruit abides here. Medium weight, mouth-coating, spicy, smoky and meaty in the palate, almost no fruit character and all savouriness here, which in itself is curious and also quite compelling. It certainly feels like a version of the variety, and acidity and tannin are rippling through the wine. It’s a wine for spending a lot of time with, it feels. And you’ll have to like all that elemental character. I did. Rated : 94 Points"
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front