Terra Sancta The Italian Central Otago Red Blend NV $44.95

Who’d have thought you could sip a slurp of Italy all the ways down in Central Otago? Not me. But then that was before I tasted their blend of dolcetto, lagrein and barbera grown in the Winery Hill and Little Italy blocks of their Bannockburn estate. So it’s quirky and shows some interesting dried herb complexity and chewy, cheek-sucking tannins, but sadly it lacked fruit, it lacked depth and it lacked charm. This wine just didn’t give me anything and I really tried hard with it.

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