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Santa Julia (Argentina)
Bonarda Sangiovese 2005
There is a strong Italian heritage in Argentina, and plantings of Italian varieties are widespread. This wine, from the excellent stable of Familia Zuccardi, has a very brightly focused, floral-edged fruit character, with cherry and little violet aromas to the fore and a background of creamy vanilla. On the palate it is forward, juicy and sweet-fruited, with plenty of jammy, very ripe red fruit notes but a nice bit of structure creeping in. The tannins are firm, and the acidity is very good, giving this a keen, savoury edge. Another wine from Santa Julia that has loads of fruit, but never loses that food-friendly edge. £4.69, Waitrose.