Montepulciano Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vale South Australia
Two precious harvests of Montepulciano are sourced from choice sites, each articulating the uniqueness of terroir, Amadio vineyard between Kersbrook and Williamstown in Adelaide Hills is planted on grey brown loam at an altitude of 300 metres, it is pleasingly low vigor. Vines on the Pollux property in McLaren Vale ripen somewhat earlier, yielding a Montepulciano of more tannin structure and lower acidity, a confluence of personalities which coalesce into a seriously mouthfilling, savoury wine. A mere 550 dozen made.
Bright violet, vibrant, opaque. Nose of beef stock and crushed mint, cinnamon and spice, cigar box and tobacco sweet. Soundly structured, a spectacular range of kitchen flavours, firm where it should be, intense throughout, a long finish of lingering vanilla beans straight from the pod.