Family Reserve Montepulciano 2020

Find one of Italy’s most intense and spicy wines made right here in Tasman. Every drop of this ink-coloured wine will fill your mouth with liquorice and cherry goodness. 

The black Family Reserve label indicates an exceptional vintage.


        $49.00 NZD

        Tasting Notes

        Almost black in colour, our Family Reserve Montepulciano 2020 is turning heads with its intense dark fruit, cocoa and spice flavours, the elegant complexity and the lasting, tactile finish.

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        A bottle of Blackenbrook Family Reserve Montepulciano next to a tall wine glass with red wine.  At the front there is a colourful plate with a juicy barbecued beef filet steak.

        Rich, bold and incredibly rare

        Just three rows or 0.2ha of this savoury Italian red are growing in our vineyard – and only 9ha in all of New Zealand.

        Montepulciano produces large, almost seedless berries of an inky black colour. With its extremely thick skins it’s well protected against disease, meaning we can pick the fruit about three weeks later than any other variety. It’s this late autumn ripening that gives us the unique colour and flavour concentration.

        Our Montepulciano will cut through some of the meatiest meats like New Zealand game or Italian hare ragu, and will also pair nicely with rich, roasted winter vegetables - enjoy!

        Vineyard foreman Mauricio Lloreda holding two large bunches of fully ripe Montepulciano grapes. He looks very happy.  Behind him is the Montepulciano vineyard with its green and yellow leaves.


        94/100 Bob Campbell MW,

        Inky Montepulciano with dense, ripe dark berry, cassis, wood-smoke and spicy flavours supported by a backbone of sweet, ripe tannins. Deliciously accessible now but should age well. 25 Aug 2021

        5 Stars Michael Cooper,

        A robust, concentrated red, with bold, purple-flushed colour, it is exuberantly fruity, with a strong surge of vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, gently seasoned with oak, and obvious cellaring potential. Best drinking mid-2023+.

        Winemaker Daniel Schwarzenbach carrying a case of Blackenbrook wine through the winery.  He is wearing a dark green jersey and a grey hat. In the background there are some stainless steel wine tanks.

        The season

        What a blast! The growing season was a pure delight, putting smiles on everyone’s face!

        The vines loved the gentle spring rain and quickly produced a healthy, vibrantly green canopy. In December, our Nelson sun made for perfect flowering and good pollination.

        Summer brought many weeks of blue skies, interspersed with brief rain falls, just enough to keep the soil moisture up and the vines thriving.

        We couldn’t believe our luck when we saw this weather pattern continue right into harvest in mid-March! The fruit was in perfect condition with high sugar levels and tremendous flavour intensity, probably the best we’ve ever seen it.