First Drop `Minchia` Montepulciano 2009 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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A sexy, svelte interpretation of flamboyant Montepulciano. A sensual, yet exuberant wine. This Montepulciano, an Australian expression of this southern Italian variety, is teasingly textured, whilst bursting with ‘Shirazamatazz’ flavour.

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Love this wine. So much so that shortly after tasting it, I put finger to keyboard.

New black leather, toasted almond, licorice, briar, blackberry and plum – dark and sexy. It’s ripe and fleshy, with a flood of fine grained tannin, flavours of blood plum and almond studded dark chocolate and an attractive finish of creamy oak with a whip of dried herb bitterness. Acidity sits comfortably within the folds of the fruit, though it’s not a fruity wine at all, yet certainly it’s a full and plump one. So charismatic and good to drink. X-Factor plus. Smell the glove. Drink the wine.Rating 93 - Gray Walsh, Wine Front (JUL/2012)

Deep magenta; this is a lovely, ripe, essency and beguiling wine combining sweet black fruits with briary complexity, and doing it with great charm; silky on the palate, lively and layered, there is a lot to like in this wine, for a great many dining occasions. Rating 94 - James Halliday, e-News letter, March 2012

This Italian grape, which makes cheerful reds in Abruzzi, is rare in Australia. The colour is deep and youthful, the nose shows some development, with meat-stock notes, and it's full-bodied and full of rich, sweet fruit on the palate. The tannins are bold, suggesting it will age well. Rating 90 - Now to 2024 - Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morningy Herald (FEB/2013)

Montepulciano is indigenous to Abruzzo. One of a handful on the Australian market, this is a valid interpretation of its varietal heritage. Deep and meaty with boysenberry and wild blackberry flavours, it has a whiff of cloves and a sweep of sweetly spiced tannins that invite osso buco. Peter Bourne, Qantas Inflight Magazine, May 2013

Winery Tasting Notes


Dark ruby red


Lifted raspberry, dark cherry aromas


Vibrant kirsch, and rich dark chocolate flavours, with a spicy, lingering finish

Grub Match

Osso bucco, braised veal cheeks


Drink up, but also a 5-8 year proposition

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
Grape Style
Other Red Varietals
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas are two mates with a lifelong commitment to making kick-arse booze. These are wines with flavour, texture and a splash of funk, made with the best fruit from unique patches of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.

First Drop is about life, flavour, and fun – wines to drink! You might have noticed that we have a pretty artistic approach to our packaging too. Whether it’s the Hogarth-inspired Mother’s Ruin illustration or the funked-up street art on the 2% Shiraz, this is booze that looks as good as it tastes.

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