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
While First Drop is based in the Barossa Valley and highlights its subregions on the shirazes it produces, winemaker Matt Gant has a thing for Mediterranean varieties including montepulciano, which hails from Abruzzo, Italy. He calls it "monte" and has been a fan of this variety in Australia because it's juicy, fresh and medium-bodied. The 2010 is vibrant and lively with a core of dark red fruit with liquorice, yet this is most definitely savoury with chalky tannins and cleansing acidity. Loads of personality, like the winemaker. Enjoy with spaghetti bolognese.
Jane Faulkner, Saturday Age `Unusual Varieties` September 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark ruby red
Lifted raspberry, dark cherry aromas
Vibrant kirsch, with zesty minerality and a spicy, lingering finish
Osso bucco, braised veal cheeks
Drink up, but also a 5-8 year proposition.