Here's a variety not seen all that much but this is a label well worth tucking under your arm. Hailing from northern Italy, this Wangolina Lagrein has a gorgeous appearance in the glass. The cerise hue captures the energy of the wine beautifully.
Some folk frown upon "food wines" as though they are a lesser quality. I see this perception as unfair particularly when Mediterraneans made wine to enjoy with food in the first place. Here's a wine oozing versatility.
Lagrein is not a variety seen as a flagship for any winemakers in
Australia that I know of – not until now. Marcus Hofer of Hofer Family
Wines has put a stake firmly in the ground to buck that trend. Focused on Italian varieties out of the Fleurieu
Peninsula, Lagrein is his ‘main bag’ as he puts it.
After a few set backs, Marcus Hofer is back on his feet. His label officially launched in 2017 with a focus on small batch production. Hofer bleeds Langhorne Creek and its surrounds - his passion clear from the few conversations we've had. This blend slips down the throat all too easily.