Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Sangiovese 2005

Here we go at last.  Is Iron Chef just pulling our legs, or have we discovered the Holy Grail - a 90 rated wine for less than $15!?  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

— Iron Chef’s Review —

Colour- Pale red with orangish rim.
Nose- Plums with orange marmalade. Olives and a weird Sun dried tomatoes smell. Quite perfumy, some twigs and gravel and rosemary. Interesting.
Taste- Peppery Plum fruit, abundant liquor, earth, nutmeg and green coffee. Sourish with a tart acidity. Very complex for the price.
Overall- This was a solid example of a robust Sangiovese- give me hope for this grape, Italy can learn from this.

Price: $14.99
Value 4.5/5
Score 90
Alcohol 13.5%
South Eastern Australia
UPC #012894100919


  1. Iron Chef wasn't kidding - this is a winner in my books. I don't know if I'd give it a 90 (but then again, maybe I would) - it's got just a bit too much of the viscous sweetness that inexpensive wines tend to have (wish I knew more about winemaking). But on the good side, but it is different, interesting, quite complex, and the best wine I can remember having for under $15.

  2. BTW, apparently it's being discontinued, so don't wait too long if you want to give it a try.

  3. Having this for a second night. Don't think I'd give it 90. More like 88. Still great value at the price.

  4. Hi All,

    Really appreciate the comments as I also found it a very interesting wine. It is quite rare to see this grape outside of Italy.

    It is one time only offer that the anbl has. Sold them 450 cases. It was a close out and we gave it to them at a great deal. They passed it along.



    Craig Young
    Mananger - Atlantic Canada
    Foster's Wine Estates

  5. Pretty good with a sweet spaghetti sauce. An easy drinking Sangiovese from ... Australia. I'll have to stoke up on this one at that price.

  6. whoops, I meant stock up. Rough Monday