Montepulciano is an Italian grape variety grown in the Abruzzi region of Central Italy. Our small block of Montepulciano grape vines have adapted remarkably well to our Gimblett Gravels site and the resulting wines have produced myriad Gold medals and Trophy’s to prove it.
2014 will go down as one of the greatest vintages Hawke’s Bay as ever experienced. Lots of heat and sunshine all summer long which is exactly what Montepulciano requires to bring it to its best.
Hand-picked in immaculate condition on April 10th the grapes were destemmed and placed into an open top fermenter to undergo fermentation. Gentle hand plunging and pump overs aided the extraction of all the colour and flavours in the berries. After spending 28 days on skins the wine was run off into fine French oak of which 20% was new where it spent around 11 months.
Dark chocolate, cherry stone, cedar and spice make for a complex nose whilst the palate is awash with dark fruits of the forest, dark chocolate and tar. Muscular, ripe tannins give ridiculous length to this majestic Montepulciano. Drink 2018 – 2025