Drop of Wine, Splash of Paint
And What Is This Wine?
A 2011 De Iuliis Cellar Release of Sangiovese.
Grown in the Hunter Valley, De Iuliis has done exceptionally well in producing such an enjoyable drop out of this Italian grape.
Radiant red, this Sangiovese has all the fresh fruit flavour minus the heavy alcohol content you’ll find in a Shiraz or Cab Sav. Crisp and delicate on the tongue, it’s one you’ll enjoy immensely with food. Work your way through a bottle over lunch or a light dinner, or sip on a glass when you’re after something sweet and refreshing.
If I had to give it personality traits, I’d describe this wine as both happy and youthful.
As a Cellar Release, unfortunately this wine is not readily accessible. To order a bottle (or half a dozen ;) I’d recommend contacting De Iuliis Wines and requesting some, or visit their Hunter Valley cellar door. If you’ve in the area, The Cracked Pepper restaurant adjacent to the winery looks worth a visit too.
Much to my delight, Michael De Iuliis seems quite active on Twitter too – so if you have any questions, or you simple want to say hi, flick him a Tweet!
At the end of a long work week, when all coherent thought seems to get lost in my scrambled egg of a brain, sometimes there’s nothing I crave more than a blank canvas and a paintbrush; the simple task of crafting a composition from raw colour.
What better way to get the creative juices flowing than with some chillout beats and a light glass of wine.
And so I sit and swallow light. And sound. And Sangiovese.
Eventually the once flapping, curling chaos of paint transforms into recognisable shapes – an eye, an ear, a hand.
In this way, music, colour and flavour combine and create a language of their own, clean and pure. Unlike the heaviness of the spoken word, it is weightless, lifting everything to new, unexplored and imaginative territory…
Call Me Maybe Cover – Ben Howard
Old Pine – Ben Howard
1000 Things – Jason Mraz
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
Amen Omen – Ben Harper
Closer – Kings of Leon
Message In A Bottle – John Butler Trio
I Remember – Deadmau5
Perth – Bon Iver
15 Step – Radiohead
California Dreaming – The Mamas & The Papas
Drop In The Ocean – Ron Pope