Montepulciano 2016

$30.00

Sam Kim Review: 90/100 (4.5 Stars) The wine offers sweet fruit notes together with savoury complexity; the nicely fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, thyme, toasted almond and subtle game characters, leading to a juicy palate that is rounded and silky. It is well structured by chalky tannins, leading to a pleasingly dry finish. At its best: now to 2022.

SILVER MEDAL HAWKE’S BAY A&P WINE AWARDS 2019

Tasting Notes

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.

Hand-picked in excellent condition on April 21st 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 one month on skins the wine was run off into fine French oak of which 25% was new where it spent just over 12 months.

Cherry stone, tar and molasses are evident on the nose whilst the palate is intense and fruit driven. Bold, bright, boysenberries interplay with cedar and spice coming from the fine grained French oak. Currently delicious, but would easily cellar well into the 2020’s. But who can wait that long? … Seriously?

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