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Great Wine: Sittella SGT

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Cutting edge used to mean cult. Cutting edge used to mean expensive. Cutting edge was heavily extracted and hugely bold. Cutting edge was unattainable and exclusive. Cutting edge meant expensive. Oh, I already said that. Meet SITTELLA. Their 2012 SGT is 44% Shiraz, 36% Grenache and 20% Tempranillo. Unusual mix. Rarely seen. What does that combination even taste like? From Western Australia. One of the newest wineries there. So young and new, they’ve barely penetrated the U.S. market. Hm, intriguing. Let’s twist open the bottle (screwtop, no cork). Wow, pretty nose. Purple flowers, forest berries. Sexy ruby color. Now, the taste. Damn… That’s good. Detecting raspberry, dark cherry and cacao now. Smooth, silky, still sexy. Medium bodied, bright, invigorating, enchanting. Cool and confident. 13.5% alcohol—that’s downright oldschool. Nothing oldschool about this wine, though. Thoroughly modern. Price tag? Less than $15. That’s cutting edge. Unique, beautifully crafted wine that just about everybody can afford. This is the new cutting edge. And this is cutting edge Australia.  –J.M.

 

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June 6, 2015

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