Farfalla 2018 Montepulciano Aglianico McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills
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Rich and intense with dark plum and black cherries with layers of dried herbs, white pepper and cured meats. Full bodied yet deliciously balanced with savoury tannins and a structured finish.
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 no fining and minimal filtration. Vegan friendly.
Alcohol: 14.5% alc/vol
The Moon Whale
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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