Sagrantino is one of the new wave of Italian varieties being grown in Australia. It has thick skins, is very disease resistant and is famous for having lots of rich strong tannins which are evident in the crunchy skins. The wines are packed with flavour often showing aromas of dark red fruits, plums and cinnamon and have a natural earthiness.
Sagrantino was virtually unknown outside Umbria until recent times, where it is grown around the township of Montefalco. It was generally used to make sweet wines using the appassimento technique of rack drying but in the last 20 years has gained an enviable reputation for making dry, tannic and structured wines. Small plantings now exist in Australia and there are several producers across the country.