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Montepulciano 2017

Montepulciano 2017

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Brand Info After starting up Pertaringa in McLaren Vale and K1 in the Adelaide Hills, Geoff established Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy in 2004. Always a passionate and innovative viticulturist, Geoff's Hand Crafted brand offers one of the broadest and most exciting ranges of alternative and emerging varieties in Australia.

Story Montepulciano is likely to have originated in Tuscany and is now widely planted throughout central and southern Italy. It's one of the dominant grape varieties in the Abruzzo region in central / eastern Italy and produces medium-bodied wines that are deep in colour with rich tannins and savoury flavours.

Vintage Spring and summer were cooler than normal with above average rainfall and the 2017 vintage happened much later than usual. The combination of those factors and dry weather for most of the harvest resulted in higher yields and excellent quality across regions.

Nose The Hand Crafted Montepulciano exhibits complex aromas of blackberries, dried herbs and a splash of spice.

Palate The palate is medium-bodied and elegant with sophisticated flavours and the signature Montepulciano drying tannins on the finish.

Food Pairings This wine goes really well with Italian style lamb with a herbed couscous.

Winemaker Shane Harris

Alcohol 13.5 pH 3.47 TA 6.24g/L RS 1.9g/L

Geographic Indication Limestone Coast

Cellaring Drink now to 2027 Bottling Date 8 August 2018

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93 points, Sam Kim , 2018

93 points, Wine Showcase Magazine , 2019

90 points, Huon Hooke , 2018

89 points, Wine Enthusiast , 2019

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