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 2018 growing season started slowly, but warmer weather eventually helped to speed things up. Fruit set throughout the region was good and the low rainfall and warm weather from January to April resulted in great sugar development, while a cooler than average March offered ideal night temperatures for colour and flavour development.
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.
Food Pairings: This wine goes really well with Italian style lamb with a herbed couscous.
Cellaring: Drink now or to 2028
Winemaker: Shane Harris