The Montepulciano grapes for this wine were harvested from a single vineyard parcel in Kersbrook Adelaide Hills, a warmer site with rocky, well-drained soils perfectly suited for Italian varietals.
Montepulciano is a late-ripening varietal and is always the last variety we pick from each vintage. Destemmed in the vineyard, the grapes were then partially crushed into a small open fermenter, with a percentage of berries left whole. Nine days on skins ensured the ideal colour, flavour and tannin extraction before the Montepulciano was transferred to French oak barrels (20% new) for 18 months prior to blending.
A very deep coloured wine, with vibrant purple hues, on the nose it is dark, brooding and youthful, with notes of blackcurrant, anise and subtle dried herbs.
On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with generous fruit weight and flavour complemented by a rustic tannin profile typical of Italian varieties.
The Montepulciano is a great match for red meats, such as a juicy scotch fillet or traditional Italian osso buco.