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2021 Vino Intrepido 'The Sharpest Thorn' Heathcote Sangiovese Rose


$ 32.99 AUD


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With much encouragement (insistence) from my Mum and younger sister, I decided to make my first rosé from sangiovese in 2019, as my favourite examples from Italy and Australia come from this. Heathcote is the only region I consider buying sangiovese from. The reason I love sangiovese as a rosé variety is that you can get a lovely pale slightly bronze colour, plenty of fresh red fruits but also a dry somewhat savoury expression. For this vintage I was able to source grapes from the Willoughby Bridge vineyard in Colbinabbin.Fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness to preserve freshness. The maceration was literally the time it took me to drive the fruit back from the vineyard to the winery and send the grapes to press, about three hours. After juice settling, two mature red barriques were filled and the rest to stainless steel for fermentation. The wine was blended then bottled in August.There is a saying that goes something like, “the most beautiful rose can have the sharpest thorn”. Much like the name for my pinot grigio, the image I was attempting to convey was that though this is a lovely pretty and bright rosé it is dry and has a bit of bite to it. It also means that no matter how perfect something may seem there is always another side to it.

Region - Multi-regional

Type - Rosé

Year - 2021

Winery - VinoIntrepido

Grape - Sangiovese

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

Vibrant and fresh dry rose, pale yet generous, soft yet persistent, drinkable yet very food-friendly.

Wine descriptors

Dry and Textured, Juicy and Fruity, Lean and Crisp, Elegant and Fine, Totally Smashable, Earthy and Savoury

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Red Berries

Other aromas & flavour

Candied Fruit

Body type




Food pairings





Red Meat







Spicy Foods

Cured Meats


Expert review

”Cherry, strawberry, dusty spices, a little fennel and floral perfume. It’s firm and has gently powdery tannin grip, a subtle and pleasing amaro bitterness, balanced acidity, and a dry finish of solid length. I like the texture here, and I like the wine.” 93 points

Gary Walsh

The Grape


Sangiovese is a Tuscan red grape variety that has become the most planted and famous variety in Italy. You may know this variety by a few other names like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Montefalco Rosso or Carmignano, but rest assured it's all the same grape, but it may grow in different regions. Sangiovese is made for food and shows with aromas and flavours of cherry, red berries, roasted tomato, balsamic, Italian herbs, coffee and cured meats, backed by cutting acidity and a good grip of tannins. The best examples come from Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino) and can age decades!

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