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: The 2019 growing season started with mild weather and below average rainfall. Some late spring rain provided a bit of relief from the dry conditions. A heatwave in January was luckily too early in the ripening cycle to cause any damage to the fruit. This was followed by a very mild and dry finish to the vintage, allowing good hang time and flavour development to the smaller than average crop.
Nose: The Hand Crafted Montepulciano offers interesting notes of blackberries, dried herbs and a hint of spice.
Palate: The palate is medium-bodied with elegant flavours of black fruits and spice, followed by drying tannins on the finish.
Pairing: This wine goes really well with roast pork shoulder served with roasted carrots, onions and baby beets.
Cellaring: Drink now or to 2028
Winemaker: Shane Harris