These dark purple skinned grapes are one of the primary grapes used in the creation of Chianti and typically require a long growing season as they bud early and ripen slowly. They are also prone to rotting, due to the thinness of their skin, if not well tended.

Juice Description
  • Often blended to improve colour, texture and body, with the Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon being a favourite addition
  • Other notable Italian grapes such as Canaiolo and even Trebbiano are used to blend with the Sangiovese to create formidable wines
  • Sangiovese is one of the predominant grapes found in “super Tuscans” that have become quite trendy
Wine Description
  • Can have high acidity and light colour
  • Longer fermentations and oak fermentation as well as malolactic ferments are utilized to soften Sangiovese.
  • It is a red that loves oak and is said to soak up the vanilla flavour compound found through oak ageing
  • Traditional winemaking styles yield a more bitter, herby, mineral complexity and the Bordeaux style influences create a spicy, vanilla and red cherry wine.
Winemaker’s Notes
  • The primary grape in Chianti
  • Wine responds well to 12-24 months of aging
  • Blends well with Barbera, Valpolicella, and Cabernet
  • Oaking this wine is almost a requirement. We find it enhances the cherry and vanilla notes of the wine.

To learn more about Sangiovese wine juices or our winemaking process, contact KJ Urban Winery in Guelph. To purchase Sangiovese wine juice, visit our online shop.

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