Angullong 2013 Fossil Hill Sangiovese, $24
Australia’s love affair with Sangiovese continues. The owner of Angullong Wines, Ben Crossing, says the variety now accounts for about 5.6% of red wine listings in Australian restaurants, up from 3% in 2014, which is a pretty remarkable increase, even if it’s from a low base. Certainly it’s been the most popular Italian variety planted since the boom in Italian varieties began in the 1990s. Angullong planted it in its Orange NSW vineyard in 1998 and the 2013 season was one of the best yet. This is a smart, medium-bodied wine with really generous fruit flavours and some nicely balanced oak. Try it with spaghetti bolognese and throw a splash of it into the dish too.