The Hedonist Sangiovese is a small batch red wine made by Walter Clappis wines in the McLaren Vale wine-growing region. Walter Clappis has been making wine for 25 years and is considered to be one of Australias most outstanding Winemakers – he is the only Winemaker to have ever won the coveted Dan Murphy Trophy three times. Walter Clappis has always made wine employing the most traditional methods: open vat fermentation and basket pressing with fermentation usually being completed in small oak barrels. This method is adopted to increase the overall complexity and integration of oak through the wine. Now he farms his vineyards biodynamically and does not use pesticides or herbicides. All the wines reflect a purity of fruit which is consistent with the Winemaker and his philosophies.
The grapes for the Hedonist Sangiovese are sourced from vineyards located in the Willunga foothills of McLaren Vale. These vineyards are only 5kms to the west of St Vincent’s Gulf and the hot summer days are cooled by the evening sea breezes. The vineyard are primarily rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone which helps to give wines produced here a rich and fullness of palate.
After harvest, the grapes undergo a gentle crushing and are de-stemmed followed by a maceration period of 7 days with twice daily pumping over. After alcoholic fermentation and an extended period of skin contact the wines undergoes malolactic fermentation in 300L French oak barrels (third fill). The wine is aged here for 6 months is 100% Sangiovese. Bottled unfiltered. Winemakers are Walter’s daughter Kimberly and her partner James Cooter.
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