2018 Montepuliciano Aglicanico – McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills
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Alcohol: 14.5% alc/vol
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The Montepulciano was grown in the Brierly Vineyard in Willunga South in McLaren Vale and the Aglianico was grown in the Kersbrook Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. The grapes were harvested at separate times in the early morning and transported under cool conditions to the winery.
The two varieties were treated in a similar way but fermented separately due to their different tannin structures and picking dates. They were hand sorted, destemmed and fermented in open vats with periodical plunging or pump overs. After fermentation, the Aglianico remained on skins for one week and the Montepulciano spent another two weeks on skins post fermentation to soften the tannins. Both portions were matured in old French hogsheads for ten months, blended together and bottled with minimal filtration.
The Montepulciano adds power and drive whilst the Adelaide Hills Aglianico gives the wine curves. Dark plums, liquorice and freshly brewed black tea with hints of olives and violet petals. Powerful yet elegant with intense fruit and firm tannins that gracefully tango to the edges of your mouth.
Antipasto, truffled porcini risotto, roasted lamb with rosemary, spaghetti puttanesca, pecorino cheese.
A blend of grapes from McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, this is wonderfully fruited and fabulously expressed on the nose showing blackberry, cassis, violet and cedar characters with nuances of game and warm spice. The palate displays excellent concentration and rich texture, beautifully complemented by loads of polished tannins, making it immensely drinkable.
At its best: now to 2030.
– Sam Kim