Andrew Peace Wines Vintage 2005
Andrew Peace wines is situated beside the Murray River at Piangil in the Swan Hill wine region. It is a medium-to-large winery with a focus on producing for the export market.
Wine grape varieties include Grenache, Mouvedre, Crouchen, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese and Sagrantino as well as the more common varieties.
Although this region is not particularly well known, Swan Hill has been an important producer of wines for bulk sales and for filling out wines in the lower price brackets. Producers in the region who have carefully selected new varieties are now in the position to produce wines of higher quality than previously thought.
Nina Viergutz sends this report of the 2005 Vintage at Andrew Peace Wines
Andrew Peace Wines has produced its first crop of Sagrantino, this 2005 vintage. There are 10 acres planted, which may increase, depending on demand. The fruit quality was good, with no disease issues. The Sagrantino will be processed as a straight varietal. Sagrantino displays sweet, black cherry fruit characters, with mulberry undertones and big tannins. It will be released in 2007, after 18-24 months in oak barrels. This variety is grown in Umbria, in Italy, in warm climatic conditions – similar to those experienced in the Murray Valley. This variety was planted at Andrew Peace Wines as it is not commonly grown in Australia.
The 2005 vintage is the fourth year that Sangiovese has been harvested, at Andrew Peace Wines. These 10 acres of plantings may increase in the next few years, due to the success of our Rose. This wine is a blend of Sangiovese and Shiraz, and has improved in quality and popularity since it’s debut. The fruit quality this year was very good, mostly due to the cool growing season – providing even ripening conditions. This variety was planted at the time of the onslaught of Italian varieties into Australia. The Sangiovese provides fresh, sweet fruit characters to the Rose, with citrus notes of orange blossom and lemongrass.
Find out more about Sagrantino and other unusual varieties with the Wine Variety Table
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