A supremely versatile wine

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De Bortoli is one of Australia’s best-known wine names. Last year it was voted Australian Wine Company of the Year by that country’s leading wine magazine, Winestate – not bad for a company started by a young Italian immigrant in 1928 and now in its third generation.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that the De Bortoli sangiovese I tasted this week should be so impressive.

Sangiovese’s claim to fame is its role as the heart of Chianti and when grown in a suitable location the grape’s soft tannins, succulent acidity and moderately intense cherry and herb flavours make it very easy to drink as well as supremely versatile at the dinner table.