The 2019 Montepulciano is medium bodied with excellent depth of flavour. Mulberry, tea-leaf, roasted spice, rose and soy on the nose, following through to the palate showing cherry, raspberry and bay leaf character. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.
The 2019 vintage at Coriole had dry weather, resulting in one of our smallest vintages ever. Yields were down, particularly with shiraz and cabernet, but the wines show impressive depth and balance. Our Mediterranean varieties showed their potential under these conditions, with the sangiovese vines producing solid yields, great balance, flavour and acidity. Our nero d'avola, montepulciano and touriga ripened late, but once again with great balance and flavour.
Montepulciano is similar to another Italian grape variety, sangiovese, but with a denser fruit profile and savoury tannin structure. The 2019 sees about 12 -14 months in French hogs’ heads and has great fruit intensity for drinking now but has enough acid and tannin to cellar medium to long term.
Food Pairing Notes
Lamb rack with all the trimmings.
Montepulciano is late ripening and often the last variety we pick. We use fruit from both our Coriole and Willunga vineyards. At Coriole, the vines are grown on terra rossa which gives the wine a more structural element, whereas fruit from Willunga has richer flavour and generosity.