96 Pts Winestate, 4 x Silver Medals & 2 x Bronze Medals
Vineyard is approximately 470 Metres above Sea Level. Vine rows run East – West. Latitude: 33.87 degrees South; Longitude: 138.64 degrees East (approx.). Soil – Red loam over a mixture of limestone, shale and clay Vines planted in 2012. 2015 was the first vintage. FSAC Montepulciano Clone on 1103 Paulsen rootstock Vine spacing 3.0 metres x 1.8 metres.
Grapes are harvested at approximately 14.0 Baume when flavours display dark cherry, red berry and spice and are de-stemmed to an open top fermenter. The must is inoculated and allowed to ferment between 25-30oC until dry. The cap is pumped over and splashed twice daily allowing plenty of air into the ferment for a minimum of 7 days. Once primary ferment is completed the must is bag pressed and racked to older French oak until completion of malo. Upon completion wine is racked, acid adjusted and put back to barrel. The wine is bottled within 12 to 18 months to ensure the style retains vibrant and retains primary fruit freshness.
Food Pairing Notes
Montepulciano is a great match to pasta and rice dishes, it loves lamb and white meats and even oily fish.