The Montepulciano grape variety originates from Central Italy and produces large, almost seedless grape berries of an amazing dark colour.
Relatively low acidity (especially for an Italian varietal) and mild sweet tannins ideally suited to the temperate Nelson climate.
Highly perfumed with dark berries, plums and spice our Blackenbrook Montepulciano 2018 is smooth and elegantly structured, sophisticated and stylish.
Try it with a wood-fired pizza or pappardelle-pasta with hearty wild boar ragu – buonissimo.
Ideal serving temperature: 18°C
An extremely dry spring lead to an early draught. Luckily we had irrigation available to support the fowering and ensure good pollination.
Summer brought good amounts of rain and warm temperatures, promoting vigorous canopy and grass growth. Unfortunately this weather pattern culminated in two large cyclones - Fehi and Gita - battering the region in February.
March was warm and dry, allowing the now fragile crop to ripen nicely. Once again we had an exceptional picking team who diligently selected the fruit and sent high quality grapes to the winery.
From Sustainable Production, accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand