This is an inky pinky purple in the glass. On the nose you'll find blackberry fruit and vanilla (although it hasn’t had much oak) with an abundance of sweet aromatic juicy red fruit. On the palate, pepper and juicy, jubey red fruit fill the mouth. It's mid-weight to generous with super smooth tannins and a lean clean finish. The perfect foil for a lovingly made spag bol.
I gave Alex a buzz and asked him why montepulciano, and like so many winemakers in Australia, growing Mediterranean varieties, his answer was that the variety performs so well in his region. Alex referred to it as the honey badger variety, saying it takes whatever’s thrown at it. In the vineyard it shines no matter how bad conditions are, be it heat or rain, and in the winery, it’s not fussed about what fermentation or ageing vessel it’s put in.
Alex clearly knows what he’s doing with montepulciano as the previous release of this wine was awarded a Double Gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge.