The grape behind Italy’s famed Chianti & all round big player across central Italy. Thanks to lower yields & the move away from blending it with white grapes (Trebbiano), we can now taste Sangiovese for what it really is - an intricate blend of mulberries, bramble, prunes, winter spice, tobacco & leather. It is not overly heavy, with a relatively zippy body. Great examples can also be found in California & South Australia.

Try me if you like: Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt

Also known as: Sangiovese