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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Sangiovese

The Grape

Sangiovese is an Italian red wine grape variety that derives its name from the Latin and means “the blood of Jove”, referring to the Roman god of Jupiter. Historically Sangiovese has held a prominent place in Italian winemaking and was already well known by the 16th century. Sangiovese is well suited to the climates of Central and Southern Italy as it requires a long growing season since it buds early and requires sufficient warmth to fully ripen. But, if it gets too much heat, its flavours can become diluted.

The Wines

A typical Sangiovese is light in colour and has a flavour profile of sour red cherries with earthy aromas and tea leaf notes. It will have medium tannins and high acidity. If it is made with oak, it will readily take on oaky flavour. Sangiovese is usually made to be consumed with minimal aging. In Italy, the most famous Sangiovese wines are made in the Chianti region of Tuscany and are simply called “Chianti”.

The Occasions

The classic Sangiovese pairing is Italian style Pizza. The high acidity in the wine makes for a match made in heaven when the pizza is smothered in rich tomato sauce. Cover the sauce with mozzarella and sprinkle with fresh basil to play off the herbal notes in the wine. Sip your Sangiovese and nibble your pizza while enjoying your favourite movie or TV.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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Cru Select
Sangiovese
Italy
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Sangiovese
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Italy Style Sangiovese

This deep ruby red wine with aromas of tobacco, ripe plums and black cherries will remind you of Tuscany. The palate offers explosive notes of blackberries, prunes, and vanilla.

Food Pairings

Serve with penne alla vodka or chicken parmigiana.

Cru International
Sangiovese
Italy
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Sangiovese
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International Italy Sangiovese Style

Perhaps Italy’s best loved grape from Tuscany, this wine is expressive on the palate with lively cherry fruit and a brisk acidity supported by ample smooth tannins with a deep and lingering finish.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Try with Italian sausage and tortellini soup or ham and swiss stromboli.

Grand Cru
Sangiovese Merlot
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Grand Cru
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 4
Varietal Sangiovese
Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Grand Cru Sangiovese Merlot Style

Aggressive in nature, it is crisp, clean, and spicy with a subtle black pepper flavour. A perfect match for tomato based Italian food.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with Caesar salad and meatballs or a hearty pasta dish.